Noogieland is the playful name for our youth program at Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey. Named after the
Bill Murray gave to Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, Noogieland is a place where children and teens who have a loved one with cancer, have cancer themselves or have experienced a loss due to cancer can gather for support.
Kids who have cancer in their lives often feel alone, confused and anxious. Research shows that kids who have
cancer in their lives feel less isolated and fearful when they meet other children and families coping with a
similar situation. Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey offers many opportunities for kids to meet other kids who
been affected by cancer too. Below
we have listed our current program offerings:
A weekly support group for kids ages 5-12 who have family members or friends with cancer.
Kids will participate in various activities and art projects that help them express themselves and share their experience with other kids, helping them to feel less isolated, worried and confused.
Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30pm.
A weekly support group for kids ages 5-12 who have lost a loved one to cancer. Kids will participate in various activities and art projects that help them express themselves and share their experience.
A monthly support group for teens ages 13-18 that have be touched by cancer. Teens will have
to share their cancer related experiences and gain support, understanding and friendship through fun.
Registration is open.
Cancer affects the whole family. Our family events provide an opportunity for kids, parents and caregivers to
time away from the daily stress of dealing with cancer diagnosis or loss. It also gives families a chance to be with other families who understand what it is like to be going through a similar situation. Some examples of events include: Noogiefest (our annual Halloween party), Sunday Brunch Cooking Event, Family Game Day, Spring Picnic, and Family Autumn
At Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, we understand how challenging it can be to work a support group into
your family's already busy schedule. Therefore our goal is to provide support groups for the entire family on the same night. For example, during the time that our Kids Need Kids group meets, a Living with Cancer group for adults living with cancer and a Coping for the Caregiver group for individuals caring for a loved one with cancer also takes place.