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Gilda's Club Nashville Founder Says Name Won't Change

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A firestorm is brewing, and it is all over the name change of a non-profit cancer support organization.  Several Gilda's Clubs across the country are making the bold move and somehow a misconception about Gilda's Club Nashville got thrown in. 

The founder of the local club wants to set the record straight. Gilda's club was formed back in 1995 in New York in honor of Gilda Radner, a comedian from Saturday Night Live.  After a club in Madison, Wisconsin said it was changing its name because young people don't know who she is it was reported on national news, but the report used a logo of Gilda's Club Nashville making folks wonder what's going on.

"We're not changing our name," said Sandy Towers, founder of Gilda's Club Nashville. "It wouldn't be right for us. It's important for us for her legacy to continue."

Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989; nine years later, Gilda's Club Nashville opened.  Three of 26 clubs have already changed their name to Cancer Support Community.  A fourth, Gilda's Club Madison, will make the switch in January.

"Gilda and who she is, is important to us," said Towers. "But it's also about what we do here and those things that were important to Gilda."

Gilda's Club Nashville serves men, women and children free of charge in a homelike setting.

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