Gilda's Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community in 2009, and the joint headquarters in Washington changed its name to the Cancer Support Community. Local chapters were given the choice of keeping their names or changing it. Of the 53 chapters worldwide, 23 are known as Gilda's Club.
Together, the chapters deliver $40 million a year in free care to about 1 million cancer patients and their families, said Linda House, executive vice president of the national Cancer Support Community. The Madison chapter has about 2,200 members.
Stenz said she hoped the Madison community that Gilda's Club serves will embrace its decision to keep the name.
As far as lessons learned from the experience, Harris had a simple takeaway: "We're not changing our name again."
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