Gilda’s Club to reopen in March after 2018 flooding

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MADISON (WKOW) — Historic flooding caused a local organization helping people impacted by cancer to temporarily shut down while it cleaned up the mess left behind.

Now, almost six months later, Gilda’s Club is ready to open its doors and serve the Madison community once again.

Tuesday on Wake Up Wisconsin, Lannia Stenz, the executive director and CEO of Gilda’s Club Madison, talked about the rebuilding process.

“It’s been a challenge,” she said. ” When 500,000 gallons of water pour into your workplace there’s a lot of clean-up, there’s a lot of time and energy that has to go into putting everything back together.”

Stenz said the community has been wonderful, with many businesses stepping up to help, including Uniek. Kate & Laurel is a new company born out of Uniek and it offers decor and home goods online.

“Every consumer as they shop the site gets to donate 3 percent back to Gilda’s Club,” said Julianna Brickl of Kate & Laurel.

She said the company has chosen to give back because they have employees who are directly impacted by cancer and benefit from the emotional support offered at Gilda’s Club.

March 4 will mark the first day of programming at Gilda’s Club since the flooding in August. On March 14 there will be a grand reopening ceremony.

If you are impacted by cancer and want to learn more about how the services at this organization could benefit you, you can visit Gilda’s website.

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