Morning Mix


Gilda's Club celebrates 20th anniversary of serving West Michigan

Posted at 10:00 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 10:00:02-05

Gilda’s Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends impacted by cancer.

Founded by cancer survivors, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids officially opened its doors on February 15, 2001. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is affiliated with the Cancer Support Community, a network of 44 Clubs across North America.

The anniversary is being celebrated virtually throughout the day on February 15 with various activities. The three virtual events are free, but an RSVP to will be needed to get access to the ZOOM meeting. The events include:

  • 10 a.m. – Program Update; a brief explanation of Gilda’s Club’s mission of offering free cancer and grief health support, and what the programs include.
  • Noon – Celebrate Gilda’s History; co-founders Caroline (Twink) Frey and Susan Smith will share how Gilda’s Club began and important events along the way.
  • 4p.m. – Engagement Opportunity; conversations with community partners on ways individuals and organizations can play a part in Gilda’s Club’s community support.

Because all Gilda’s Club Programs are Free, and the organization runs completely on charitable donation. Today, the first $20,000 in donations made to Gilda’s Club in honor of their anniversary will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to the support of the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation.

To make a donation or to learn more about the services provided, visit or call 616-435-8300.