MADISON, Wisc. — Gilda Radner was one of the biggest names in comedy from the 1970’s and 80’s – but not quite famous enough anymore for the cancer support organization named in her honor.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Madison-area chapter of Gilda’s Club along with a three others in Wisconsin are changing their names to “Cancer Support Community,” part of the national organization’s move away from the name of the “Saturday Night Live” comedian who died in 1989 from ovarian cancer.
A Gilda’s Club chapter opened in Kansas City earlier this year. The organization has more than 2,000 members, 1,600 active, from 26 counties.
The Madison Gilda’s Club executive director, Lannia Syren Stenz, says that younger adults dealing with cancer diagnosis may not have any idea who Gilda Radner was.
“We want to make sure that what we are is clear to them and that there’s not a lot of confusion that would cause people not to come in our doors,” Stenz told the State Journal. The formal name change will come at a ceremony later this week.
“When you hear Gilda’s Club, if you don’t know what that means, you may not come to us,” said Stenz.