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    Default Gilda's Club Changing Its Name Because Young Patients Donít Know Who Gilda Radner Is




    A Madison-based cancer support group named after legendary Saturday Night Live player Gilda Radner has announced that it will be changing its name to accommodate younger patients unfamiliar with the iconic comic, who passed away of ovarian cancer in 1989.


    Gilda's Club — so named for Radner's famous remark likening cancer to membership in "an elite club I'd rather not belong to" — boasts some two dozen affiliates across the country.


    But, in a tragic sign of the times, at least four, including Gilda's Club Madison, have recently undergone a name change due to Radner's lack of name recognition among potential new members.


    "One of the realizations we had this year is that our college students were born after Gilda Radner passed, as we are seeing younger and younger adults who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis," executive director Lannia Syren Stenz told the Wisconsin State Journal. "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."


    The club plans to change its official name to Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin. A grand reopening celebration is planned for this Thursday, and after that, "the Gilda name will slowly go away."

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    This is sad and stupid.

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    sheesh that is so stupid
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    That's ridiculous bullshit. There are plenty of places, structures, buildings, organizations, diseases, and schools named after people who contributed something to society or to a cause and they aren't renamed because they've been dead too long. I hope they re-think this decision and consider what it says to the people that they're supposed to be helping, that apparently you won't be remembered after you're no longer on this earth when it becomes an inconvenience to explain to people who you were. I think people facing down their own mortality would appreciate it more than almost anyone.
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    I've been in several of the Gilda's club. It pained me to explain the Noogie room name to some of the people there. I guess funding woes have hit the nonprofits since they are combining forces
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    I love that they have a Noogie room. What a great name.

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    They need to keep the name AND make it their mission to show all college students Gilda Radner clips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    That's ridiculous bullshit. There are plenty of places, structures, buildings, organizations, diseases, and schools named after people who contributed something to society or to a cause and they aren't renamed because they've been dead too long. I hope they re-think this decision and consider what it says to the people that they're supposed to be helping, that apparently you won't be remembered after you're no longer on this earth when it becomes an inconvenience to explain to people who you were. I think people facing down their own mortality would appreciate it more than almost anyone.
    This.

    What the hell is wrong with people? Is that ridiculously long and meaningless new name really any more memorable? They'll still be helping people, but seriously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post

    Judy Miller does not like Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin.
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    Shame on the parents of college aged kids! It's your job to educate your kids about FUNNY! My son is well-schooled on Gilda, Gene, John, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, etc...
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    Yep kids not being raised right. IDGAF if they know who she is or not it is downright horrible that they would change the name.
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    Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin does not exactly roll off the tongue. This is so stupid.
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    Roseanne Rosannadanna, Lisa Loobner, Baba Wawa, and Emily Litella -- immortal SNL characters. I loved that she married Gene Wilder.
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    She definitely had cool husbands. She was married to the great guitarist G. E. Smith too.
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    Geez, my 14 year old knows who she is, as well as Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Dana Carvey, The Beatles, The Who, .... history isn't just about what's in the books at school

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