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Gilda's Club Nashville Refuses To Change Its Name

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After tempers flared and lots of negative feedback the name change of a popular non-profit cancer support organization won't happen after all.

The announcement was made Wednesday that the name of the Nashville Gilda's Club will remain just that. Recently, three of the 26 clubs changed their name to Cancer Support Community and brought forth a firestorm of controversy.

Gilda's Club was named after famous Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner back in 1995. Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989. In November 2012, a club in Madison Wisconsin announced it would change its name because young people said they didn't know who the namesake was. That club has since decided to keep the name of Gilda Rander as well.

"It really struck a chord with folks and all of us agreed we want people to come to Gilda's and get the help that they need," said Wayne Harris, chairman of the board for the Madison chapter. "If this is what it takes to make that happen, we're all as a group happy to make it happen."

The founder of Gilda's Club Nashville said she never even considered making the name change.

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

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