MIDDLETON, Wis. "Am I excited? I am incredibly excited," Lannia Stenz, Executive Director of Gilda's Club said.
In August 2018, Gilda's had to temporarily shut their doors because of flood damage. Construction started in October to rebuild the club and March 14, 2019 is the day Gilda's is officially opening their red doors again.
"It has been a long six months, but the staff and members are truly overwhelmed with joy to walk through the doors and be home again," Stenz said.
Gilda's Club is an organization that provides free services to anyone who has been touched by any cancer. The resources include support groups, for all age groups, and activities like yoga, workout equipment and dance.
"We have over 4,000 members," Stenz said. "It was never a question that we weren't going to rebuild when the flooding happened."
After six months of construction Gilda's has new flooring, a new yoga/dance studio, an extra kids support group room and kitchen. The new flooring is also made of a material that handles small flooding better and will decrease future damage from water.
"We took precautionary measures, two sump pumps and new flooring that can handle a little flooding," Stenz said.
Gilda's opened as part of Gilda Radner's legacy. Radner was one of the first women on SNL and she held a pivotal role in the world of female comedians. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and held support groups in her home, before she died at 42 years-old.
"Because Gilda held her support groups in a home, that's what we want to give our members. We want them to know when they walk through the red doors they're home," Stenz said.