CONTACT:  Ed Taylor, Director of Strategic Communications

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2018) – The Child Life Association at Edgewood College has been named Gilda’s Club of Madison’s Community Partner of the Year. The student organization was recognized at a special event on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

The Child Life Association began its work at Gilda’s Club in 2009. Since that time “they have been the backbone volunteer group of our Children and Family Program, especially with Family Night,” Carissa Hodgson, Youth Program Manager at Gilda’s Club said. “Without them, Family Night would not be possible. The group has consistently increased their partnership with Gilda’s, getting more involved with creating and leading workshops and socials for kids, teens and their families.”

“The Child Life Association at Edgewood College is the perfect partner to Gilda’s Club,” Ms. Hodgson said, “as their students are preparing to work with kids and their families during periods of medical stress. Students are authentically excited to engage with kids and they make the energy in the room brighter and lighter at the same time.”

Caption: (l. to r.) Zoë Page, Child Life Association, Kourtni Kelley, Child Life Association, Carissa Hodgson, Youth Program Manager at Gilda’s Club, Katie Glass, Director of Child Life, School of Education at Edgewood College. Gilda’s Club of Madison Photo.

About Gilda’s Club

Gilda’s Club Madison is a cancer support community where men, women and children living with cancer – and their family and friends – can join together to build social and emotional support. Gilda’s Club Madison provides professionally-facilitated emotional support groups, educational workshops, lectures, and social events. All programs are offered free of charge. For more information, please visit us at

About Edgewood College

Located in Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition. We serve approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students at our Monroe Street and Deming Way campuses, and online. The College offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, and nursing, and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nursing practice. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Strategic Communications at 608-663-2333.

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