Cancer Action Inc., which does business locally as Gilda’s Club Rochester, creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer—men, women, teens and children—along with their families and friends.
The organization’s programs complement medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. All programs are free, including Camp Open Arms, GCR’s two-week summer camp.
GCR offers roughly 1,200 programs each year. Highlights include:
Support and networking groups are for those facing specific types of cancer (breast, prostate, leukemia/lymphoma, multiple myeloma, among others). General support groups (cancer support, family group) provide a place for those facing a diagnosis, as well as for their family and friends, to share information, identify resources and receive support. These groups meet weekly to monthly or biweekly.
Lectures and workshops: Experts and specialists share their knowledge with members on a variety of topics and often are presented in conjunction with one of the local treatment facilities.
Social support: Members, families and friends gather for programs offering social support, including extensive art classes (painting, jewelry, sewing and quilting, etc.), monthly book club, card playing, community chefs (an outside organization or group comes in to cook for members), Dinner & a Movie, Men’s Diner, and more.
Wellness programs: These include weekly spinning classes, twice-weekly qigong, gentle yoga, Cooking for Wellness (sponsored by Pluta Foundation) and others.
Noogieland and Camp Open Arms: Noogieland (children’s playroom) is available most evenings to provide child care and support while adults attend programs or support groups in the building. Camp Open Arms is a two-week summer camp for children affected by cancer.
GCR has eight employees, and Melinda Murante is executive director. GCR is located at 255 Alexander St. Its website is: gildasclubrochester.org.
Financial record Year ended March 31, 2016
Fundraising events $200,555 39
Contributions, gifts, grants 197,554 39
Investment income 66,759 13
Federated campaigns 45,673 9
Total revenue $510,541
Salaries and wages $299,164 52
Depreciation 75,251 13
Occupancy 29,148 5
Employee benefits 28,580 5
Payroll taxes 26,825 5
Fees for services 20,701 4
Office expenses 19,874 4
Program supplies 17,365 3
Other 53,897 9
Total expenses $570,805
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($60,264)
Board of directors
Kathleen Leibenguth, president
Will Rumbold, immediate past president
Jim Battaglia, vice president
Bill Schoff, vice president
Mary Manard Reed, vice president
Kate Meisenzahl, treasurer
Amy Button, secretary
—Researched by Bill Alden
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