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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare opens Gilda’s Club location

The location will provide emotional support and activities for cancer patients

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, in partnership with the largest professionally led cancer support nonprofit, Cancer Support Community, opened the newest location of Gilda’s Club at the Methodist Cancer Institute on the campus of Methodist University Hospital in the Memphis medical district.

Established to honor the memory of Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989, Gilda’s Club is a national support and resource program for cancer patients and their families. Gilda’s Club includes a network of 175 locations across the world, reaching 1.6 million participants each year. As the only Gilda’s Club location in the Memphis area, cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones can access free emotional support, healthy lifestyle activities, social engagement and education at no cost.

“The fear of cancer weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of our neighbors across the Mid-South,” said Kathleen Forbes, MD, executive vice president of MLH’s Academic Group, which includes Methodist University Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “In addition to offering cutting-edge cancer treatment and exceptional clinical expertise, we are delighted to partner with the Cancer Support Community to support the emotional, physical and social wellness needs of all those facing cancer diagnoses, helping patients and families heal and thrive.

Oncology patients across the Mid-South, not just those receiving care at Methodist, can utilize Gilda’s Club at the Methodist Cancer Institute for resources that focus on overall health and wellness.

For more information on Gilda’s Club programming and activities, visit

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