Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
Founded in memory of comedienne Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club South Jersey opened its signature red door in the fall of 2002 thanks to the efforts and seed funding from the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund (RNS). Our first Clubhouse, located on North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City was the RNS Show House, which RNS donated to us and we stayed in for a few years, but we soon outgrew the space.
In 2009, the organization secured our down payment for our permanent “home” at 700 New Road in Linwood, thanks to the leadership of our Board and a multi-year pledge from coin canister collections, generously donated to us by Wawa Charities. Later that year, Gilda’s Clubs and Wellness Communities nationwide merged to become one organization, The Cancer Support Community.
In 2010, our first satellite opened at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in Egg Harbor Township. Members can attend support groups or activities at either location-whichever is more convenient. Since then, CSCNJ at Gilda’s Club has expanded our reach through offsite programming in Cape May Court House and western counties, to better serve our community. Most recently we have opened satellite locations at the Inspira Cancer Center in Mullica Hill and the Inspira Cancer Center in Vineland.