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Gilda's Club coming to Prescott area

PRESCOTT – She was one of the funniest women ever and her comedic legacy includes a stable of characters whose names alone – Rosanna Rosannadanna was just one – inspire laughter even years after she played them.

But Gilda Radner, who died of cancer in 1994, is now the namesake for an organization, Gilda's Club, which takes her memory to a new level. The club, which currently has 17 chapters around the country, offers support for cancer patients, as well as their family and friends.

Now, Gilda's Club is coming to the Prescott area, according to local development director Sue Marsh, who said groundbreaking is scheduled for a 5,200-square-foot home in Prescott Valley before the end of the year. The Prescott Valley chapter will be Arizona's first.

Gaining its support solely from donations and corporate sponsorships, Gilda's Club has flourished since its establishment in 1995, Marsh said. Offering programs ranging from arts and crafts to networking groups and Noogieland for the kids, the club is not about medicine, but about teaching people how to live with cancer.

"The thing about Gilda's Club is they really try to cover all the bases," Marsh said. "We don't talk about dying; we talk about living with cancer."

Several local companies have already stepped up to the plate, offering donations of building materials, furniture and equipment, but the group needs much more, including volunteers to staff its eventual opening.

For more information, contact Marsh, 541-9765, or mail donations to P.O. Box 2304, Prescott 86302-2304.

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