Gilda’s Club Twin Cities Serves More Than 2,000 Minnesotans

Organization to Celebrate at Annual Imagine a Place Breakfast on
Tuesday, May 10

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#cancer–Gilda’s Club Twin Cities:


Gilda’s Club Twin Cities (GCTC) has served more than 2,000 people
affected by cancer since it opened two years ago. To commemorate this
milestone, Joanna Bull, founder of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, will be
speaking at the organization’s annual Imagine a Place Breakfast on
Tuesday, May 10, where more than 800 people are expected to attend. Bull
was clubhouse-namesake Gilda Radner’s cancer psychotherapist and friend.

GCTC provides free social and emotional cancer support services to
anyone dealing with cancer, including those living with cancer – men,
women, teens and children – and their families, friends and co-workers.

“Joanna’s vision of psychosocial cancer support began more than 20 years
ago,” said Dan Narr, executive director of GCTC. “Recent reports from
the National Institute of Medicine confirm that the types of
comprehensive support services offered at Gilda’s Clubs are most
effective and now considered to be an essential compliment to medical

The Twin Cities-based Gilda’s Club is working with medical providers and
cancer centers’ subject-matter experts to lead educational sessions (one
of five program offerings) in the clubhouse, including Dr. Anne Blaes,
director of the Adult Cancer Survivor Program, University of Minnesota

“We have over 282,000 people living with cancer in Minnesota alone,”
said Dr. Blaes. “Life after cancer treatment has its own complexities,
including depression, anxiety or fear of reoccurrence. Gilda’s Club
provides the emotional and psychosocial support to help patients
re-enter their everyday lives with a supportive community behind them.”

At the Imagine a Place Breakfast, Dr. Blaes will speak about the
importance of treating both the physical and emotional effects of cancer
– what she calls the best “prescription for wellness.”


Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m.


Bloomington DoubleTree Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Minnesota 55439


  • In-studio and live interviews are available with:

    • Joanna Bull, founder of Gilda’s Club Worldwide and Gilda Radner’s
    • Dr. Anne Blaes, director of the Adult Cancer Survivor Program,
      University of Minnesota Health
    • Dan Narr, executive director, Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
    • Jenni Lilledahl, co-founder and board director, Gilda’s Club Twin
  • B-roll and photography will be available for those unable to attend


Gilda’s Club Twin Cities (GCTC) is a nonprofit cancer support community
located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. GCTC serves anyone who has been
touched by cancer – men, women and children, and their families and
friends – at any stage of the cancer experience. Gilda’s Club Twin
Cities offers a comprehensive program of support, education, healthy
lifestyle, education and information and referral services – as an
essential supplement to medical care – all at no cost. Named after
comedian Gilda Radner who died of cancer in 1989, the first clubhouse
was opened in New York City in 1995 by her family and friends. For more


Dani Jurisz, 612-327-7156
Club Twin Cities

Laurie Walker, 952-767-7626