A group hoping to organize a Gilda’s Club in the community must sell 89 tickets at $12 each by Feb. 16 in order to show an explanatory film documentary titled “No Evidence of Disease” at the Regal Cinema 8 Theater in Tullahoma.
Dozens of Gilda’s Clubs exist all over the U.S. and are named in honor of Gilda Radnor, known as a much-loved and admired comedian who died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at the height of her career.
Gilda’s Clubs are affiliated with the Cancer Support Network with a stated mission of “providing support, education and hope to all people affected by any type of cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. One of the main missions is to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
Julia Logan-Mayes, coordinator of the Coffee County effort, said as of Wednesday, Feb. 4, 27 tickets have been reserved with 62 more tickets needed in order for the film to be shown.
“If 89 tickets are not reserved by the 16th then the showing of the ‘No Evidence of Disease’ will be cancelled for the 24th,” she said. “When you click on the website to reserve your ticket, one will be reserving with a credit card that will just be held till the 16th and if all tickets are reserved then credit cards will be charged (on the 16th) at that time and certainly more will be available to sell if needed. The 89 tickets are our minimum.
“I applied for this film to be brought to our local theater in hopes of gathering several to view the film and to also talk to you about the dream of Gilda’s Club Tullahoma.”
The nonprofit Gilda’s Clubs and the Wellness Community throughout the U.S. now operate under Cancer Support Network, based out of Washington, D.C..
“My dream is for Tullahoma to have a nonprofit Gilda’s Club here that would serve Coffee County and the seven surrounding counties of Bedford, Franklin, Grundy, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall and Warren,” Julia said.
To view a clip of the film check the website https://www.tugg.com/events/13152#.VMq7eGgnhGY.email.
“Featured are amazing oncology surgeons, their patients and the effect music has on all of us,” Julia said.
“We will have an opportunity to chat after the film as to what our hopes and dreams are here locally and how you can help spread the word. Our communities need this type of organization for those fighting the fight so courageously. To sit in a room with others walking your path is powerful. To see the children work through a parent being sick in the midst of art projects is a beautiful thing.
“My family has experienced this and I know just how meaningful my story is and all of yours that have been touched by cancer.
“Also, there is an additional link to a 5- minute video to give you a glimpse of what a Gilda’s Clubhouse is all about: http://www.gildasclubnyc.org/ please click on the red box to the right “no one should face cancer alone” to view.
The “Friends of Gilda’s Club Tullahoma” face book page may be accessed at www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Gildas-Club-Tullahoma/1530744007199532 (just copy and paste in your toolbar).
Julia Logan-Mayes may be contacted at 931-273-7360 and at the address firstname.lastname@example.org