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Gilda’s Club Rochester Changes Its Name to Cancer Support Community Rochester

October 26, 2021

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2021 – To better convey its array of programs and support for people with cancer, Gilda’s Club Rochester has changed its name to Cancer Support Community Rochester.

The new name summarizes what the organization does – providing support, free of charge, to people with all types of cancer as well as their families and friends. An essential complement to medical care, Cancer Support Community Rochester provides support groups, healthy lifestyle programs, workshops, and educational and social programs. Programs are offered in person as well as virtually.

Along with announcing its new name, the organization also unveiled a new website at and a new logo, as well as a new sign at its offices located at 255 Alexander Street in Rochester.

“This is an exciting day for our organization, as we change our name to reflect our understanding that community is stronger than cancer,” said Melinda Merante, CEO, Cancer Support Community Rochester. “While our name is changing, our mission stays the same. We remain dedicated to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone and that anyone affected by any type of cancer can receive non-medical, emotional and social support, at no cost.”

Named Gilda’s Club Rochester since 2000, the organization was previously known as Cancer Action. It has served the greater Rochester community since 1959.

People interested in more information about Cancer Support Community Rochester’s programs or support groups can contact the nonprofit at or 585.423.9700.


About Cancer Support Community Rochester

Cancer Support Community Rochester provides free, non-medical, social and emotional support to people living with cancer, along with their families and friends. The nonprofit serves more than 5,000 people annually and offers more than 1,000 free programs annually to adults, teens and children who are affected by any type of cancer. Cancer Support Community Rochester is an affiliate of a global nonprofit network of 175 Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club locations.


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