Gilda's Club - Why we ride
Gilda’s Club is a home created by Gene Wilder in memory of his wife Gilda Radner who died suffering from ovarian cancer. He understood how important it was for his wife to have a safe place, a cancer community if you will, and so to honor her he created Gilda’s Club. The first Gilda’s Club was opened in New York in 1995. Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities opened in 1998 in a beautiful, historic home. It sits on the bluff in Davenport overlooking the Mississippi River.
Amy volunteered at Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities after her dear friend, Mike, died of cancer at the age of 30. She felt that to honor his memory she needed to get involved. Every Tuesday night Amy would drive to Davenport to hang out with and support the children whose parents were attending sessions at Gilda’s.
When Amy was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2004 Gilda’s Club took on a whole new meaning, it became her refuge. She wrote in an article that Gilda’s was a place to find laughter through the tears. That it wasn’t just a place to find support but a place to live, to exist in a normalcy among others suffering the same. To her it was a place to play games or just sit and enjoy the beautiful pond area overlooking the river.
“Maybe the beauty of being with others from the cancer world is that I don’t have to explain it all. I can just be me, a woman trying to blend a new diagnosis with an old life.”
Please help honor Amy’s memory by laying aside your worries for one day. Spend it enjoying the people you’re with and knowing your money is going to a great cause in the name of a great human being whom we miss every day. We’re sure Amy smiles on everyone who participates in the ride and is with us the entire day.