Gilda’s Club Being Formed In Tullahoma

Gilda'sCancer’s effects can stretch far beyond the physical, emotional and psychological problems the disease can have and it is not limited to the individual facing the diagnosis.
These are facts that Tullahoma resident Julia Logan-Mayes and her family know all too well.
After finding solace, guidance and support in connecting with other cancer patients and their families during her husband’s battle with the disease, Logan-Mayes has dedicated herself to providing that network of caring and understanding to people in the Tullahoma area.
Logan-Mayes and her husband, Stephen Logan, were raising their family in San Francisco in 1999 when Stephen was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumor.
Stephen Logan died in May 2001, and Logan-Mayes said the friends she made at Gilda’s Club helped her and her children through their bereavement. Logan-Mayes, who worked as the volunteer coordinator for Hospice of the Highland Rim for seven years, is now working to establish a Gilda’s Club in Tullahoma.
Gilda’s Club is a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends. Local chapters provide meeting places where those living with cancer, their families, and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda’s Club chapters offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting. Gilda’s Club was named in tribute to comic actress and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radnor who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. It is now known as the Cancer Support Community.