Michael Radner, brother to the late Gilda Radner who died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at the age of 42 is no longer going to be Gilda’s Club biggest donor and volunteer. Why is this Royal Oak non-profit organization losing its one of its biggest contributors?
In November of 2010 Crain’s Business Detroit published an article that states that Michael Radner was made to feel unwelcome at this non-profit organization which was created in the wake of his sister’s death. He also suspects they may want to change the name, but to fully understand the situation you have to go back to an article published by Crain’s Business Detroit in April of 2008.
The 2008 article is about how much Michael Radner donates his time, to the point of interference with the operations of the organization. This article also states that he made improper comments to a pregnant female employee which almost caused a law suit to be filed. Parts of this article seem to praise him for being such a great donor and volunteer but other parts state that he lacks social graces and the leaders decided to limit the time spent at the organization and they placed all these restrictions on him.
Michael Radner wanted to be a big part of Gilda’s Club in order to keep the memory of his sister alive and strong, he donated thousands of hours of his time and hundreds of thousands of dollars and instead of working with him to teach him the social graces needed to work with cancer patients and employees of the organization they treated him as if he was an unwelcome, meddler. Who wants to donate their time and money to an organization that tells you when you can arrive at a meeting, when you have to leave and not to talk to anyone?
I certainly hope Gilda’s Club has been able to get new sources of funding since that 2008 article was published because its really the people who need Gilda’s Club that will be hurt the most by this separation of Michael Radner and the non-profit, cancer organization.