“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.” – Gilda Radner
Radner was born on this date in 1946 and after her death from cancer in 1989 family and friends founded Gilda’s Club, both in her memory and to help others with the disease.
The organization took its name from Radner's comment that cancer gave her "membership to an elite club I'd rather not belong to.” Radner's story can be read in her inspiring, humorous and heart-wrenching book, It's Always Something, written after her diagnosis with the illness. Gilda’s Club has become a global network serving multi-thousands of victims and their families.
“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness,” Radner once said. “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.”
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