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Deirdre Imus Joins The Board Of Directors Of Gilda's Club

HACKENSACK, NJ, January 14, 2010 – Deirdre Imus, best-selling author, philanthropist and children's health advocate, has been named to the board of directors at Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey (Gilda’s Club NNJ). 
The appointment represents the next step in Ms. Imus’ sincere commitment to the elimination of environmental toxins that can threaten the health of northern New Jersey residents, including those with compromised immune systems. Ms. Imus, the founder and president of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ™ volunteered her time and effort to serve as a consultant on the renovation of Gilda’s Club’s Hackensack clubhouse as an entirely “green” environment. The Environmental Health Center is part of Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.

Gilda's Club, also a non-profit offers social and emotional support services, free of charge, to all men, women, teenagers and children who are touched by cancer. Ms. Imus was the guest of honor at a rededication September 24 of the clubhouse, which was redone with completely environmentally friendly materials and furniture from about 20 vendors in the region – many of whom also donated their time (or discounted materials and labor).

Ms. Imus said she is thrilled by the appointment and plans to pursue a series of speaking engagements with the goal of counseling members and their families on a range of health and wellness-related topics.

“I’m so very honored to have this opportunity to connect with the members of Gilda’s Club -- to help them change their lifestyles, and to help them support their health,” said Ms. Imus. “Gilda’s Club is a wonderful organization, like no other in northern New Jersey in its ability to offer essential psychosocial support services to men, women and children and their loved ones battling cancer.” Ms. Imus is also co-founder and co-director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the best-selling author of the Green This! series of “lifestyle detoxification” books.

 “We are pleased to further strengthen our board with the addition of Deirdre Imus,” said Ruth Dugan, board president of Gilda’s Club. “This appointment represents the natural progression of a wonderful relationship with a true advocate for people who may be affected by environmental toxins – including people with cancer.”

Named for the late comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live, the clubhouse offers lectures, workshops, social events and support groups. More information about Gilda’s Club NNJ is available at or by calling (201) 457-1670.


The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™ at Hackensack University Medical Center represents one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent exposures to environmental factors that may cause adult, and especially pediatric cancer, as well as other health problems with our children.  The Center’s mission is twofold: to enhance health by educating our children, their parents and the public-at-large about the carcinogens and other environmental factors that occur all too commonly in our lives…and to serve as a voice that can realistically help shape policy decisions that impact the environment and our well being.  

Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey is a cancer-support community serving 12 counties in North Jersey as well as southern Rockland County, and is part of an international network of affiliate clubhouses anchored by Gilda’s Club Worldwide. All services at the Hackensack-based clubhouse, from lectures and workshops to support groups and social events, are open to anyone – men, women, children and teens – who has been touched in any way by cancer, and are completely free of charge. For further information or to make a donation, visit or call (201) 457-1670.  



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