About Us

Our History

Cancer Support Community Rochester has evolved over the past several decades as it delivers high quality programs and support services to those affected by cancer.

Established in 1959, the agency was originally named Cancer Action.  In 2000, the agency was re-branded as Gilda’s Club Rochester, in honor of the famed comedienne who died of cancer in 1989.  The objective was to create an even more informed and healthier population.  This collaboration with a national network of cancer support organizations enabled us to offer an even wider variety of programs, including much-needed social and emotional support to those living with cancer and their family members.

Today, our newly-named (as of October 2021) Cancer Support Community serves over 5,000 people annually.  Gilda’s spirit lives on as members both give and receive support and encouragement through our unique programs and events.  We offer over 1,000 free programs each year to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Each of the 50 Cancer Support Community affiliates across the country, including Cancer Support Community Rochester, maintains individual not-for-profit status, which assures that 100% of your donations stay right here in the Rochester community.

Our Cancer Support Community affiliation also provides each affiliate with research and statistical information, programs, materials and a network of international cancer support expertise to provide the very best experience for our participants and their families.

Our Mission

Cancer Support Community Rochester Mission

To create welcoming communities of no cost support to those living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.