Life and how it is lived is different for everyone. The same is true with cancer. It’s impossible to know how one will deal with a cancer diagnosis until put into the cross hairs. The reaction of each person will be a different experience. Life-altering situations impact everyone from the person diagnosed, to spouses, children, friends, neighbors, and even coworkers.
It may seem hard to recall back to the days when cancer was a whispered secret. We can thank celebrities who used their public platforms to openly discuss what was once taboo. Gilda Radner was a Saturday Night Live star and comedy legend who died from ovarian cancer at only 42. Her struggle to finally identify what was wrong took many years. Unfortunately, when the answer finally came, there would be no recovery.
There’s an enormous amount of weight felt after someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer. When a bad moment, hour, day or even week is happening you tell yourself that you must still go to work, school, sporting events, and other life functions. Grief isn’t simple. It’s a complex, ever-changing mix of emotions. What Gilda understood the most during her cancer journey, was that she need support of her friends and family. It was important to not only talk and make decisions, but to laugh as much as possible. She needed to keep living her life.
When Gilda passed in 1989, her husband and former therapist founded Gilda’s Club to provide free cancer support programs serving men, women, children and teens impacted by cancer. They wanted to ensure that no one would have to face cancer alone. You may also know that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Our owners, Ed and Carol, have been members of the Gilda’s Club of Madison since Ed’s diagnosis of Prostate Cancer.
Gilda’s Club is a valuable resource in our community and does not charge any fees for programs or services it provides, as such it relies on donations from people like you and me. We are throwing a big bash – Gilda’s Garden Party – and hope you will join us. We plan on celebrating life and sharing laughs and good times. We will have performances by The Madison Shakespeare Company, live music, beverages, and light snacks. Tickets are $20 ahead of time and $30 at the door. 100% of ticket sales and raffle ticket sales go directly to Gilda’s Club of Madison.
Until next time,
What is the cutest season?
When the plums dry on the trees…
it’s time to prune!
Baked Cheese Curds
Nothing says Wisconsin comfort food better than cheese. This healthier take on fried curds was sent to us with permission to share with all of you by Robert Hall from William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Thanks Bob!
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon All-purpose flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ Teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ Teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Add flour to bowl
  3. Add 1 egg white, beaten in to second, separate bowl
  4. Add breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano and seasoning salt in to third separate bowl
  5. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  6. Take cheese curd, coat in flour, dip in egg, then coat in crumb and spice mixture
  7. Repeat will more cheese curds
  8. Place in oven for ~4mins
  9. Allow time to cool and enjoy!