Sadly, legendary funny man Gene Wilder died on August 29 at the age of 83 due to complications of Alzheimer’s. Some may remember him as Willie Wonka in the classic film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or as “the Waco Kid” in the comedy Blazing Saddles. But a role that you might not be as familiar with is supporter of his wife Gilda Radner during her battle with ovarian cancer. When Radner succumbed to the disease in 1989, Wilder turned his grief into activism through promoting cancer awareness and treatment. He helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles, and co-founded Gilda’s Club, an organization which consists of local groups throughout the U.S. that provide emotional support to those battling cancer. Visit gildasclubqc.org for more information.
As of 2012, there are 20 local affiliates of Gilda’s Club. Through his commitment to supporting those battling cancer, Mr. Wilder left a legacy that far transcends his career in comedy and film. In acknowledgement of that legacy, we would like to remind you that regular checkups and screenings are covered by most insurance plans—and they could save your life!