Posting from Jean: December 13
As a child of the 70’s, I grew up watching, laughing and often quoting Saturday Night Live skits. Gilda Radner was one of the original dream team of comedians who would change the landscape of comedy in the 70s and 80s. When she died of ovarian cancer in 1989, I felt robbed of too many years of laughter.
Gilda told friends that having cancer made her part of an exclusive club that she’d rather not belong to. She said the hardest part was having no community to turn to who understood what she was going through. She felt all alone.
Gild’s Club, founded in 1995 by her husband Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka himself in the class version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is all about providing this sense of belonging and understanding to anyone with or affected by cancer. This includes kids whose parents have the disease and are scared to death about losing that parent, but no one around them wants to talk about it. Gilda’s Club offers support groups, lectures, summer camps, socials, references, connections and a place to go when you need your spirits lifted. The best part of all is that they do all of this for free. There are no boundaries to getting the help and support you need during this battle for life. After all, cancer itself does not discriminate.
I love how pure Gilda’s mission is. I love how selfless the director and staff are about delivering the mission. When I watch them in action, I am struck by how very comfortable they make their clients feel. Everyone who walks through those doors is a friend and leaves with a sense of hope and belonging.
This Saturday, Seattle Chocolates is going to donate 25% of all sales in our retail and on line stores, as a salute to Anna, Marlene, the Gilda’s Club staff and in memory of the late great Gilda Radner. Please help us support this great organization as you shop for your chocolates this holiday season.