HISTORY OF THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY
In July 2009, The Wellness Community (TWC) and Gilda’s Club Worldwide (GCWW) joined
forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization provides
professionally-facilitated emotional and social support, education and healthy lifestyle programs through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations, and
online. Prior to the integration, both organizations had a rich history of providing social and emotional support to all people impacted by cancer. Because of the shared passion for providing a supportive community for people touched by cancer, TWC and GCWW united to better meet the needs of people touched by cancer with strength, conviction and a single mind towards ensuring that no one should have to face cancer alone.
The Wellness Community was founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica, California in 1982. As a result of his experience with his wife Harriet Benjamin’s breast cancer and through subsequent years of study on the psychological and social impact of cancer, Dr. Benjamin formulated the Patient Active Concept©.