The mission of Gilda's Club Kansas City is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
Gilda Radner, our namesake, once said, "Having cancer gave me membership into an elite club I'd rather not belong to". At Gilda's Club Kansas City (GCKC), we know that no one wants to have cancer, but we also know that when they do, they need support from their community. GCKC opened its doors in October 2011 after our founder had seen first hand the impact that another Gilda's Club affiliate had on a friend. Our Clubhouse is located in midtown Kansas City, providing a warm and welcoming home-like environment for people who need a community of support while they, or a loved one, is living with cancer.
Since opening, GCKC has continued to grow a program that includes support and networking groups facilitated by licensed mental health professionals; educational programs and materials such as the Frankly Speaking About Cancer series; healthy lifestyle classes such as nutrition, exercise, and arts; social activities such as comedy nights, cookouts, and remembrances; and resource and referral programs including Open to Options (treatment decision model) and Cancer Support Source (distress screening tool).
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley has over two decades of experience in
providing marketing communications leadership to some of Kansas City’s most
successful and visible marketing communications companies, as well as civic and
Prior to joining Gilda’s Club Kansas City, Siobhan served as vice president and director of client services at Walz Tetrick Advertising and served as president and COO at Valentine Radford.
Siobhan also serves on the Board of Directors of The Kansas City Ballet, Goodwill Industries of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, The Health Care Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She is also a trustee of Pembroke Hill School and serves on the Parents’ Association Arts Council.
Siobhan has her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
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