Children, Teens, Families
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Children & Family Program
Our Children, Teen and Family Program is designed especially for kids and teens living with cancer themselves or who have cancer in the family and is built upon the five pillars of our program model: support, healthy lifestyle, education, social opportunities, and information and referral. We utilize age-appropriate support and educational activities.
Our program is free and open to Gilda’s Club participants with children.
At Gilda’s Club Quad Cities...
Noogieland is our programming for children and teens impacted by cancer. Along with offering educational and psychosocial support, Noogieland is a place for kids to be themselves, meet other kids who are impacted by cancer, and have fun.
Additional Support Programs
Gilda’s Club in the Schools
By partnering with local schools, Gilda's Club brings vital emotional support and resources to students in educational settings. Gilda's Club offers a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn to cope with the impact of cancer on their lives or the lives of their loved ones, fostering resilience and emotional well-being.
Zink the Zebra
School Presentations for Teens
Frankly Speaking about Cancer: What Do I Tell the Kids?
Camp Genesis – Details coming Spring 2024!!
A cost-free overnight camp for kids entering grades 4-9 whose family has been affected by cancer!
At Camp Genesis, kids impacted by cancer can be kids again. Many of these children grow up quickly due to cancer. Camp Genesis is entirely free for these kids, thanks to Genesis Cancer Care Institute’s generous support through the Genesis Foundation. It offers a free week of residential camp at Camp Shalom in Maquoketa, IA. Here, they can bond with other kids affected by cancer and enjoy activities like archery, canoeing, rope courses, campfires, songs, swimming, and more.
Camp Genesis also includes group activities with Gilda’s Club Quad Cities staff, where they can discuss cancer and emotions. There’s a day trip to the Genesis Cancer Care Institute for a hands-on tour, meeting doctors and staff, and learning about cancer diagnosis and treatment. Kids can ask questions in a safe environment to ease their cancer journey.
As a parent, you can rest assured that your child is in a safe environment and forming relationships with others facing similar situations.