CORTLANDT, N.Y. - Gilda's Club Westchester makes its first appearance in northern Westchester's Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Thursday evening. An open house discussing the new support group, "Living with Cancer," offers newly diagnosed cancer patients emotional and practical support, according to organizers.
“When someone receives a cancer diagnosis it’s a life-changing event ’’ said Miranda Dold, licensed clinical social worker and director of Outreach and Program Development for Gilda’s Club Westchester. "It’s important that they receive the support they need to make the transition. ‘Living with Cancer’ is an opportunity for people who are newly diagnosed with cancer to understand that there are others who have made this journey and they are not alone. We invite anyone who is newly diagnosed to attend this open house and find out what our program is all about.’’
Gilda’s and HVHC are hosting an open house at 6 p.m., Thursday, at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor for anyone interested in learning more about the group. Refreshments will be served and organizers will answer questions.
The White Plains-based cancer support group began the partnership with HVHC in an effort to reach northern Westchester and Putnam cancer patients closer to home. Gilda's has been based in White Plains since 2001, and provides networking, support groups, workshops, education and social activities in a place where cancer patients can come together to share their experiences.
In addition to the “Living with Cancer” group, which meets every first and third Thursday of the month, a second support group for the children of those diagnosed with cancer. “Kid 2 Kid” will begin in March. It will offer children ages 5 to 12 a safe, supportive environment to discuss how cancer has affected their lives. The group will meet every third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at HVHC’s Cancer Center.
For more information on these programs, call Miranda Dold, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, at 914-644-8844.