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Nonprofit Report: Cancer Action Inc.

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

Revenue                                                                         %

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


Expenses                                                                                         %

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

Traci Adolph

Kathy Burke

Renee Desrosiers

Sandy DiLuglio

Elaine Lennox

Heather Menchel

Jennifer Morey

Alina Nadir

Mike Rockwell

Jennifer Schauerman

Katie Titus

Larry Yovanoff

—Researched by Bill Alden

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