September 20, 2002

Gilda’s Club honors Whitlock

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Heart transplant survivor Michael Prescott is encouraging others to participate in the Oct. 20 Heart Walk on Vanderbilt’s campus. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Gilda’s Club Nashville will honor Dr. Jim Whitlock, director of the division of Pediatric Oncology, in October with the “Spirit of Gilda Award,” which honors those who contribute to Gilda’s mission to provide emotional and social support to those dealing with cancer.

Whitlock, Abernathy Craig Chair in Pediatrics and member of the medical advisory board for Gilda’s Club, will receive the award Friday, Oct. 18, at the affiliate’s annual dinner.

The club’s “Vision Award” will be presented to Angel and Steve Cropper.

The dinner will be at the Marriott at Vanderbilt. A reception will start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by entertainment by Steve Cropper and the Soul Searchers at 8:30 p.m.

Cost is $150 per person. For more information or reservations, call 329-1124.

Named for comedienne Gilda Radnor, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989, Gilda’s Club Worldwide began with a flagship club in New York City established by Radnor’s husband, actor Gene Wilder, and her psychotherapist Joanna Bull. There are currently 15 affiliates open and another 15 in various stages of development.

Gilda’s Club Nashville opened its doors in 1998 at 1033 18th Ave. South. Free of charge to everyone, Gilda’s Club Nashville provides a gathering place where people with cancer and their families and friends can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care.