Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit Receives $30,000 Grant from The Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation

Royal Oak, Michigan (February 2024) – Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $30,000 grant from the Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation to sustain Gilda’s Club’s Mindful Living program.

Mindfulness programming at Gilda’s Club addresses the need for comprehensive support for the mind and body. Mindfulness, a transformative practice centered around awareness and living in the present, has proven benefits in enhancing overall well-being. Individuals incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and lower levels of stress – factors that contribute to more positive recovery outcomes.

A participant in the Mindful Living program shared her experiences, stating, “I’ve learned techniques that have become part of my daily routine and make all the difference – body scanning, deep breathing and meditation. I’ve learned to stay in the moment with mindful eating and noticing small details in walks through nature.”

“Our mindful program is crucial in the lives of cancer patients and caregivers,” said Megan Nikolich, Program Director at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit. “Through this funding, we empower individuals with tools and practices that promote mental, emotional, and physical wellness, easing the path of a cancer diagnosis. We’re so grateful for the support of the Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation for making this programming possible.”

ABOUT GILDA’S CLUB METRO DETROITGilda’s Club Metro Detroit provides free social and emotional support for: men, women and children living with cancer, their families, friends and caregivers. Gilda’s Club offers more than 150 monthly activities including: support and networking groups, art, music, educational lectures, children and teen activities, workshops, and social events. Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit celebrates over 30 years of providing support, community and laughter to our courageous members. For more information on Gilda’s Club or to make a donation, visit or call 248.577.0800

ABOUT THE DONALD R. AND ESTHER SIMON FOUNDATIONThe Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation is built upon the legacy and philanthropy of Donald R. and Esther Simon and their children.  With recognition of the family’s original roots in Michigan, the Simon Foundation supports projects that address Jewish life and identity, cancer research and support services, the cultural arts and social justice issues which make a positive impact in the lives of this generation and the next.

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