Two young Haligonians are one step closer to creating a cancer support group in Halifax.

The pair is hoping to create a chapter of Gilda's Club, an organization named after comedian Gilda Radner who died of cancer.

Tamsyn Brennan believes that cancer should not be experienced alone. While volunteering at a hospice in Toronto, Brennan said she realized what she needed to do.


Comedian Gilda Radner, left, died after a battle with ovarian cancer. (Edie Baskin/AP Photo)

"I couldn't get it out of my head. I said, 'Halifax needs this. Nova Scotia needs something like this.'"

Brennan returned to Halifax and enlisted the help of her friend, 19-year-old Abby Bryant. Bryant beat leukemia when she was 10 years old.

"I had my family support group. I had my mom standing behind me. I feel like that is what saved me. If you don't have a group of people standing behind you, then it's almost kind of I feel a little bit worthless," she said.

"It was terrifying. Even to go to sleep. I thought that I would be off guard," said Sandra Bryant, Abby's mother.

The federal government has granted charitable status to the Gilda's Society of Nova Scotia. The next step is raising money to become an affiliate member of the club.

Tamsyn remains clear about her goal.

"No matter where you are in Nova Scotia, no matter where you are in your cancer journey, you do not have to go through it alone. We will be here with you for every step of the way," she said.

Radner was among the original cast of Saturday Night Live when the show premiered in 1975.

She died in 1989 after her cancer came back. At the time of her death, she was married to actor Gene Wilder. Radner was 42.