Catherine Yeulet
ThinkStock

Noogieland, at Gilda's Club South Jersey, is a support program for kids, tweens, and teens who have cancer or a family member with cancer, or have experienced a loss to this disease.

Named after the “noogies” that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live, Noogieland is a free Gilda's Club program dedicated to children, ages 3-14, touched by cancer. Whether for a child diagnosed with cancer, a child who has a family member or friend living with cancer, or one who has passed away from cancer, Noogieland is the place where children receive age-appropriate cancer support and education. Noogieland consists of:

  • Noogie Nights – Cancer support through creative play while parents/caregivers attend adult groups or activities.
  • Fun Fridays – Once a month designed for the whole family. Includes a family meal prepared by our Noogieland Chef & volunteers, “Small Talk” for the kids & “Big Talk” for parents/guardians.
  • NoogieFest – Halloween party in the clubhouse. Food, fun, music & prizes for all our Noogieland families!
  • Winter Holiday Party- We celebrate all of our special winter holidays!
  • Camp Sparkle – A week long summer camp full of cancer support, education & fun for our Noogieland members!
  • Tween Group – monthly support group for ages 12-14.

This program gives the kids professional support to express themselves as well as an outlet to cope with their anxieties when dealing with the affects of cancer. Children have the chance to meet other kids going through similar situations to support each other.While the kids are in Noogieland, parents get the opportunity to attend a support group at Gilda's.

For more information visit Gilda's Club South Jersey.