PARTICIPATE

Participation at Gilda's offers individuals and families impacted by cancer a supportive community and valuable resources to navigate their journey, fostering a sense of belonging and emotional healing.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteering allows individuals to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing cancer, providing support and compassion while gaining a sense of personal fulfillment through service.

DONATE

Donations provide essential resources and support to individuals and families affected by cancer, creating a positive impact in the fight against cancer.

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Years of Service in the QCA

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What Gilda's Club Provides

Everyone needs a place. That’s what Gilda Radner said when she was facing a cancer diagnosis that seemed insurmountable. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is that place.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, all at NO COST to everyone who participates. This means not just the person with the diagnosis but their friends and family as well. Programs are centered around creating a community through support groups, educational workshops, healthy lifestyle activities, social gatherings, and providing resources/referrals.

As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, we are part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States. Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.

Together, We Have An Impact

We rely on the generosity of the community to keep our programs FREE OF CHARGE to everyone who participates. With over an estimated 16,000 people in our community living with cancer, we want to create a community of support around them to let them know they are not alone. Together we have an impact because Community is Stronger than Cancer.

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Journey Through the Heart of Gilda's Club

Explore our gallery to catch a glimpse into our warm and welcoming clubhouse locations. You'll discover the inviting spaces where our members find comfort, support, and connection. From cozy sitting areas to vibrant activity rooms, you'll see the heartwarming environment we've created to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Your Support Can Change Someone's Life

Learn how you can make a difference.

Cancer Support Community, along with our Gilda's Club partners, uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care.

Everyone impacted by cancer receives the support they want and need throughout their experience.

Participant Testimonials

Until you’ve been through a cancer diagnosis, had a close family member or friend diagnosed, or lost someone to cancer, it’s hard to imagine what someone goes through. Our goal is to connect people with others going through a similar journey to help everyone find their community of support. Hear from our members directly how Gilda’s Club has impacted them.

Grief group has been a great tool for me since losing my brother. I felt very isolated in my feelings until I went to group.

Abby R. Participant (family member)

When you come into Gilda’s Club, people know exactly what you’re talking about, there’s no explanation, they get it. You support one another, you cry together, you laugh together, you celebrate the small victories together, you grieve together. I can’t express how lucky we are to have Gilda’s in our community.

Teresa S. Participant (survivor and family member)

Before I started at Gilda's, I really thought I did not need the help... The people in your group understand what you are going through... A lot of people do not know what Gilda's is about. You can cry, you can laugh, you can be yourself, and they are just there for you.

Corey D. Participant (family member)

You truly begin to understand what it means to live “one day at a time”. That phrase always sounded so cliché to me, it now has more meaning to me than ever before.

Linnie C. Participant (survivor)

When we first came to Gilda’s Club, they asked what I was hoping for and I told them I just wanted to laugh again. The time we were coming here, we started to laugh again. I would walk across broken glass for Gilda’s Club, do anything that I could, because we never paid a penny for any of the stuff that Gilda’s Club did for us, but what they gave us was priceless.

George R. Participant (family member)

At Gilda’s Club… my husband found the family away from family.

Pam B. Participant (family member)

Gilda’s Club is an amazing place for cancer patients and survivors, for their children. Although our journeys are all very different, we are coming together for not only us but for our families as well. It takes a village to go through this cancer journey. It is just amazing how Gilda’s Club spreads the love, hope and support in the community.

Colby D. Participant (survivor)

Gilda’s Club got me ready for my 1st recurrence and then second and third. The people there…you can be raw, you can joke, we laugh, and we cry. I’ve met life-changing friends and we’ve walked together, and we’ve also lost together. There are people that understand at Gilda’s, and they never let us feel alone.

Kim R. Participant (bravely lived with cancer until 2022)

Gilda’s Club offered a place for my kids to just be kids at Noogieland, it was a place my husband could come, be with a group of other family members, and be honest and say things that perhaps he wasn’t comfortable saying in my presence and not have to worry about being strong. And for me, it allowed me to be with other cancer survivors and be honest and be real.

Michelle J. Participant (survivor)

It took me a while to come, but after you walk in here…it is just awesome. Everyone here is fantastic and you are finally with people that understand what you are going through. There’s a comradery here that is unlike any other. People that come here are all so different but everyone gets you. It just makes you feel like you belong.

Carrie R. Participant (survivor)

It helped me come out of my shell because I was able to talk to someone who was having the same experience or similar experience that I was having. It was easier for me to have that communication with someone who could understand if I said something and not take it as a negative. The healing process that Gilda’s gives you is not a physical one, but it is a mental and emotional one. It’s one that will help you to understand that you’re not alone.

Robert S. Participant (survivor)

Coming to Gilda’s Club has been a blessing. The positive people rub off on me and I have become more positive. They have helped me not focus on cancer and its side effects and find joy in daily activities.

Mike Z. Participant (bravely lived with cancer until 2022)