For 16 years as Gilda’s Club Seattle and 4 years as Cancer Pathways, we have provided deep and far-reaching support for cancer patients, survivors, their caregivers, and family members so that no one has to face cancer alone.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve envisioned a world where no one faces cancer alone. We’ve been a champion of those touched by cancer –kids and adults– standing by them as they celebrate their lives, share their stories, connect with others with similar experiences and grieve the loss of loved ones. We’ve partnered with local organizations to support people impacted by cancer.

We’ve been a leader in empowering and educating teens on healthy behavior and choices that can reduce their cancer risk and improve health. We’ve provided a platform for teens to wield the power of the pen to change the world so we can better understand each person’s encounter with cancer. Our cancer survivor events create lifelong memories and friendships for families.

2021 is Cancer Pathways’ (formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle) 20th year, and we remain committed to changing the world for those facing the impact of cancer.

This year, we honor 20 years of serving the cancer community with your help. If you have photos or a story to share, email Anna at [email protected]g.

Gilda's Club Seattle Grand Opening

Grand Opening, May 7th, 2002: From left to right: Cancer survivor, longtime volunteer, and dear friend, Kristen Johnson St. Goddard, Founder and Executive Director Anna Gottlieb, cancer survivor and Board President Nicole Pasternack

Meet the Board: Paul Okerlund

MEET PAUL OKERLUNDTwenty-one years ago Brian Jaffe asked if I wanted to help out with the renovation project of a new nonprofit in the Seattle area. I said “you bet!” and two decades later I’m still involved, I guess Anna thought I had some value beyond the renovation...

Meet the Board: Bryce Fisher

MEET BRYCE FISHERShortly after signing a contract to play with the Seattle Seahawks, Bryce Fisher received some life altering news. His mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After the diagnosis, the Seahawks were supportive and connected Bryce and his family...

Meet the Board: Molly Hill

Molly & her children Andy Hill (Molly's Husband) Molly & her daughter KatieMeet Molly Hill I moved to Seattle from New York City 30 years ago to join the man whom I had dated cross-country for 1 ½ years.  I left NYC on a high note, running in the NYC marathon...

Cancer Pathways Expands

Seattle, WA –April 2021. Cancer Pathways (Seattle, WA) is pleased to welcome a new member to the Cancer Pathways family.

Special Announcement: $20,000 Group Gift in Honor of Dave Raney

To honor Dave’s dedication to Cancer Pathways and his commitment to our mission of Facing Cancer Together, these five families have come together to coordinate a group gift of $20,000 in his honor.

An essay by Elizabeth Robichaud

“If you had told me that one of the happiest days of my life would occur as my only child was dying of cancer, I would not have believed you.”

Read about Sally Benson, our longtime Program Director, now retired

“What families need has not changed much in the past 20 years. Parents need support so they feel as though they are not alone. Kids’ support is neglected in the medical setting – they are having an experience of their own. They need to feel normal.” 

Meet the Board: John Garner

“This organization has staying power and a mission that means a lot, no matter how the world changes. We’ll always be dealing with cancer. I believe [Cancer Pathways] has significant contributions yet to make.”

Special Edition & Message from Anna

Twenty years ago, I was standing on the front porch of Gilda’s Club watching Mayor Nickels cut the red ribbon to open our beautiful clubhouse.

KIRO 7: Cancer Pathways, formerly Gilda’s Club, celebrates 20 years in Seattle

To learn more about our 20th Anniversary please contact: [email protected] 7: Cancer Pathways, formerly Gilda’s Club, celebrates 20 years in Seattle

Recent News

Throughout 2021, we will be adding stories, photos, and videos about our 20th Anniversary and how we got here. You can read all of our news by visiting our Newsroom. View our most recent articles here, or browse the stories listed below.

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In their words

“Despite the pandemic, they are fulfilling the mission. It’s an important part of the Seattle community and even beyond the Seattle community. It is important people know it’s there and everyone supports it. Everything is free, but free is very expensive. It makes the lives of so many people that much better, so it’s important to support it. It’s a vital part of many, many peoples’ lives.” 

Michael Radner

Gilda's brother

“For 20 years, Cancer Pathways has been educating and supporting thousands of people of all ages in the Pacific Northwest. We have been so privileged to have this amazing organization, and its leader, Anna Gottlieb, in our community! Congratulations Cancer Pathways, on celebrating 20 years of serving hope and caring to so many.”

Sally A. Nordstrom

“Helping Anna open Gilda’s Club Seattle, now Cancer Pathways, volunteering for the organization, participating in the family grief support group, leading the Gilda’s Music Monday Group, and a few times dressing up as Roseanne Roseannadanna are some of my absolute fondest memories. Great people. Great times. All while helping others not face cancer alone.”

Jackie Schmidt

“[Cancer Pathways] supports so many people in so many ways. We love supporting it. It’s nice to know that it’s there when we need it, and we tell friends about it all the time. It just feels really good to be a part of it. We feel so honored to go to that teen writing contest every year, to see those kids. It is such a loving place.”

Val Backus

“Gilda’s Club put a human face on cancer. It showed me there’s a deeply human side to cancer. It’s not all hospitals and IVs and chemotherapy. It touches everyone in a deeply personal way. I don’t know of any other organization that offers what Gilda’s Club offers.”

Peter Clark

“We were so taken by the warm space, the kind staff, and the philosophy that we were always welcomed, not tied to a schedule, and services were free. Most important was GCS’s recognition that the entire family, not just the patient, needed support. It created a safe space for us to connect with others with similar experience.”

Philip Lee

The Day the Earth Shook

by Ron Villa (3rd-ever member of Gilda’s Club Seattle, now Cancer Pathways)

A personal story

by Philip Lee: “Most important was GCS’s recognition that the entire family, not just the patient, needed support. It created a safe space for us to connect with others with similar experience.”

An Essay by Elizabeth Robichaud

If you had told me that one of the happiest days of my life would occur as my only child was dying of cancer, I would not have believed you.”

20th Anniversary Commemorative Mug

In honor of our 20th Anniversary year, Cancer Pathways will be gifting a beautiful ceramic mug (pictured) to the first 200 individuals who donate at the $200 level or above. 

Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Sponsors

Leadership Sponsors

Alliant Private Client Cancer Pathways 20th Anniversary Leadership Sponsor

In honor of our 20th year, Alliant Private Client has issued a $20,000 Match Challenge. Your gift will help Cancer Pathways continue to provide cancer support navigation services, counseling, support groups, community events, educational forums, teen education, wellness classes, kids camp, and workplace support, with over 80% of our revenues spent on programs. 

Because of you, we can continue to support families impacted by cancer for another 20 years to come.

About Alliant Private Client: Informed by nearly a century of experience, we know how important it is to protect your legacy and safeguard your future. That is why Alliant Private Client partners with you to manage the complex risks inherent in your life, in a clear and focused process that results in smart, customized insurance solutions. While our reach is national, our philosophy is local. The successful individuals and families we assist represent a diverse set of pursuits, passions, occupations, and concerns. For more information, visit alliantprivateclient.com, email Sarah Steblay, or call her at 206-204-9100.

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Ways to Help

You can support our mission in many ways; donating funds, in-kind gifts, offering your services or professional expertise – or even just spreading the word about Cancer Pathways. We are grateful for whatever you can give in support of families touched by cancer.