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Free Educational Workshop For Cancer Patients and their Loved Ones

MOLINE, IL (December) –A February 2009 study by Kaiser Family Foundation and American Cancer Society found that high cost-sharing, caps on benefits and lifetime maximums leave cancer patients vulnerable to high out-of-pocket health care costs. Additionally, cancer patients and survivors are often unable to find adequate and affordable coverage in the individual market. The recent economic downturn has exacerbated these financial concerns for cancer patients and their families.

Gilda’s Club will host a free workshop for cancer patients and their loved ones entitled: Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care. The program provides a practical guide to navigating the numerous and complex challenges of managing the cost of cancer care. This free workshop will be led by Toni Weeks, LMSW and take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Cancer Center, Moline Education Center, 500 John Deere Road, Moline.

Participants will also be able to view the presentation via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/GildasClubQC.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care aims to streamline the crucial resources available to people in treatment for cancer. Created by Cancer Support Community, this workshop and booklet sheds light on the psychological impact of incurring debt, sometimes for the first time, in combination with psychological impact of coping with a cancer diagnosis.

To register, please call 563-326-7504 email gc@gildasclubqc.org or visit www.gildasclubqc.org/calendar. Lunch is included, RSVP required.

The Workshop will include:
• Toni Weeks, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Cancer Center
• Kelly Hendershot, LMSW, Program Director, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care is sponsored by UnityPoint Health – Trinity Cancer Center.

Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the workshop, however, please contact us in advance if you are interested in bringing a photo/videographer or would like a facility tour.

About Gilda’s Club
Free of charge, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer. 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.

About Cancer Support Community
Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer. Likely the largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, the organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services. Because no cancer care plan is complete without emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community has a vibrant network of community-based centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals. For more information, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.
In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization provides high-quality psychological and social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online.