Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Immunotherapy

Posted on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Davenport, IA (June 2017) – Gilda’s Club will host Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Immunotherapy – a free workshop offering information on one of the most exciting new discoveries and treatments for cancer, immunotherapy. David Mercer, M.D. of Iowa Cancer Specialists will present this workshop on Tuesday, June 29, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, 1234 East River Drive.

Patients and their loved ones are invited to join us as we learn how the immune system interacts with cancer, treatments that are currently available as well as treatments that are being developed, and tips to manage common side effects. In addition, participants will learn about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Created by Cancer Support Community, this workshop includes a complimentary copy of the booklet Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Immunotherapy.

Advance registration is preferred, but walk-in attendees are welcome. Anyone impacted by cancer is welcome to attend. To register, please call 563-326-7504 or email melissa@gildasclubqc.org. Dinner included.

Kid and Teen Nutrition & Mindfulness Workshop Series

Posted on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

DAVENPORT, IA – June 2017 –Gilda’s Club is excited to offer a series of introductory workshop classes focusing on yoga, meditation and Tai Chi for kids and teens impacted by cancer. The series, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Geneseo, will be offered on select Mondays this summer from 3:30 – 5:00 PM at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport).

Kids and teens who participate will learn ways to incorporate flexibility, lower stress and being present in the moment. Each class will end with a hands-on healthy snack demonstration.

Melissa Wright, RYT-200, Yoga 4 Cancer Certified, will help participants find their balance through yoga on Mondays June 12th and 26th. Wright is the Program Director at Gilda’s Club.

Angela Swanson of Cloud Nine Meditation will help participants find their calm through meditation on Mondays July 17th and 24th.

Caleen Pagel, a Muscatine physical therapist, will help participants find their flow through Tai Chi on Mondays August 7th and 14th.

Kids and teens impacted by cancer are welcome to attend.

For more details and to register, please call Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 or email anita@gildasclubqc.org.

Yoga Workshop for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers

Posted on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

MUSCATINE, IA – June 2017 –Gilda’s Club is excited to announce its upcoming Yoga Workshops for
Cancer Survivors & Caregivers. Sessions will be held weekly from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Senior Resources in the Adult Day Area (1808 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, IA) beginning Thursday, June 1, 2017 and ending on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

This 6-week series is composed of 4 sessions of Chair Yoga (led by Kelly Hendershot, LVCY certified) and 2 sessions of Traditional Yoga (led by Melissa Wright, RYT-200, Yoga 4 Cancer Certified).

Sessions are tailored for cancer patients in treatment, cancer survivors/those that have completed treatment, and individuals that provide cancer care to a loved one.

These sessions will integrate the breath with body awareness. It also:
• Builds strength & flexibility in safe ways
• Stimulates your immune system & builds bone density
• Detoxifies the body and cultivates a sense of well-being
• Creates a sense of community
• Empowers participants to take control & enhance their lives

This program is made possible by a Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine grant.

Anyone who is impacted by cancer is welcome to attend.

For more details and to register, please call Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 or email kelly@gildasclubqc.org.

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.

Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Lung Cancer

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

This free, two-hour workshop will cover the latest treatments for lung cancer. Expert panelists will also discuss side effects, side-effect management, and tools to overcome the social and emotional challenges of the diagnosis. We hope to answer many of your questions about lung cancer to help you (or your loved one) manage the disease more successfully.

Featured speaker:
Costas L. Constantinou, M.D.
Hematology and Oncology Care – Iowa

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
1234 East River Drive
Davenport, IA 52803

For more details and registration, call Melissa at (563) 326-7504 or email melissa@gildasclubqc.org.

This program is provided through unrestricted educational grant from Lilly Oncology.

Camp Sparkle 2017 is Open for Applications

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017



We are very excited to unveil an updated camping adventure called Camp Sparkle! This special week-long, residential (sleep-away) camp opportunity is designed for children entering grades 2-10 who are directly impacted by a current cancer diagnosis in their immediate family (loved one currently in treatment or within a year of treatment).  Camp Sparkle is a free opportunity thanks to the generosity of Molyneaux and many generous donors.

This year Camp Sparkle will be held from June 18-23, 2017 at Camp Shalom located at 6262 Caves Road Maquoketa, IA 52060.  Campers can expect a variety of creative and fun activities throughout the week like swimming, archery, caving (older campers), human foosball, campfires, and much more!  Another unique component to this specialty camp is the opportunity for your child to explore & express through different activities how cancer impacts their life in a daily group time with Gilda’s Club staff.  Similarly, campers will take a field trip to Genesis Cancer Care Institute where they will explore through hands-on learning stations what their loved ones’ experience (activities may include sunscreen awareness, physical therapy, mock infusion, radiation, etc).  The unique bond that the campers have will help them share and learn from one another as they become the experts in their cancer journey.  Perhaps one of the greatest experiences gained from residential camp will be the life-long friendships your child may make with other campers!

On behalf of Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, Camp Shalom, Molyneaux, and our donors, we look forward to spending a week with your child at Camp Sparkle!  To learn more about Camp Sparkle at Camp Shalom, please go to http://www.campshalomia.org/summer-camp/camp-shalom-brochure/.  Please refer to Outpost & Villager Information for our cabin information.  Attached, please find the Camp Sparkle Application, which is due no later than May 11, 2017. A committee will determine the campers selected to attend Camp Sparkle for 2017.  Families will be notified by week of May 15, 2017.  A Camp Readiness Dinner will be held on 23 May 2017 for selected campers/family at Gilda’s Club at 5:30 pm.

For Camp Sparkle consideration, please return the application form to:

Gilda’s Club
c/o Anita
1234 E. River Drive
Davenport, IA 52803

Or by email to: anita@gildasclubqc.org

 

Click here for the 2017 application form.

Questions?
Call Anita Shaft at (563) 326-7504 or email anita@gildasclubqc.org.

Gilda’s Club Program to Help People with Cancer Manage Stress

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

Gilda’s Club Program to Help People with Cancer Manage Stress

From Cancer to Health™ Gives Patients Information and Ways to
Manage Their Health throughout the Cancer Journey

DAVENPORT, IA – APRIL 2017 – Beginning Thursday, April 13, 2017, Gilda’s Club is offering From Cancer to Health™, a program to help people recently diagnosed with cancer, including those undergoing treatment, to manage the stress of diagnosis and treatment.  Led by Program Director Melissa Wright, From Cancer to Health™ empowers people with cancer through 18 group sessions designed to teach effective strategies and techniques to better cope throughout the cancer journey.

Sessions will be held at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport) on Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30 AM beginning Thursday, April 13, 2017.

This program helps people recently diagnosed with cancer, including those undergoing treatment, to manage the stress of diagnosis and treatment.

“I highly recommend the From Cancer to Health™ series for anyone going through cancer,” said a participant with breast cancer who completed the intervention in March. “The series provides helpful information no matter what stage of your cancer treatment you are in.”

“More than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year,” said Barbara L. Andersen, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University and lead developer of From Cancer to Health™.  “People diagnosed with cancer feel a great deal of stress, and over time the stress can disrupt the healing process and a patient’s wellbeing.”

Research shows that patients participating in a trial of From Cancer to Health™ demonstrated less stress.  In addition, participants developed stronger immune systems, experienced greater social support, kept healthier diets, and had fewer physical side effects from treatment.

From Cancer to Health™ was designed by an expert panel of health psychologists at The Ohio State University through grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.  Each week, patients will learn:

  • Strategies to help manage stress
  • Ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer
  • Skills to cope with common problems faced by people with cancer

From Cancer to Health™ is grounded in more than a decade of research showing the positive effect that reducing stress has on the health of people with cancer,” said Melissa Wright, Program Director, Gilda’s Club.

To learn more about From Cancer to Health™, contact Melissa Wright, 563-326-7504, melissa@gildasclubqc.org.

About From Cancer to Health™
From Cancer to Health™ was designed with the specific needs of cancer patients in mind by an expert panel of health psychologists at The Ohio State University.  Developed through grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, From Cancer to Health™ helps people with cancer manage the emotional, physical and social side effects of diagnosis and treatment.  For more information, please visit cancertohealth.osu.edu.

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.

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2017-2018 Cancer Kickin’ Scholarship Recipients

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Davenport, Iowa (March 2017) – Gilda’s Club and CCKMA are excited to announce the following recipients, awarded $1,000 each, of the Cancer Kickin’ Scholarship:

  • Cameron Christiansen, Muscatine, Iowa
  • Karly Lent, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Katelyn McChesney, Rock Island, Ill.
  • Sebastian Mireles, Muscatine, Iowa

Two of the receiving students are cancer survivors. The other two were impacted by a grandparent and family friend.

“Cancer has changed me; not for bad, but for good,” Mireles, a junior at Muscatine High School, wrote. “It’s been a blessing in disguise. It has made me stronger and I have had the opportunity to see how this disease changes people. I have seen the support of family, friends, and complete strangers in my time of need.”

A panel of celebrity judges – including Greg Dwyer, Denise Hnytka, John Marx and 2016 Miss Illinois Jaryn Franklin – scored 37 applicants on categories of Community/School Involvement, References and Essays to determine the winners.

“It was brave of the students to put their stories to paper to share with us,” said Kelly Hendershot, Gilda’s Club Program Manager. “Children and teens impacted by cancer experience a wide variety of emotions that can last well into adulthood. In addition to being a financial resource, we hope the essay writing was also a good exercise for the students in giving a voice to their experience.”

Recipients will be recognized on April 8, 2017 at QC Waterfront Convention Center (2021 State Street, Bettendorf) during the 10th Annual CCKMA Event. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

“This community has shown so much love and support for my late wife and her organization, CCKMA, that it just feels good to be able to give back to this community in such a positive way,” said Todd DeWilfond. “I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank all the applicants for sharing their stories with us.”

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 CCKMA
Angie DeWilfond, founder of CCKMA, was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer in 2007. The wife and mother of two young kids decided not to let Cancer Kick Her A..! In 2008, she held a small get together with friends and the support was so overwhelming that an annual fundraising event was held each year after that for much needed research funds. This annual event brings cancer survivors along with their family and friends to celebrate life. It is also an evening of tribute to those we have lost to cancer.

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Gilda’s Club Talent Search Top 8 Finalists are Announced

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017

VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE TOP 8 FINALISTS OF THE GILDA’S CLUB TALENT SEARCH
The Genesis Cancer Care Institute will be welcoming Jon Dorenbos; America’s Got Talent finalist, magician, NFL player, and survivor of a traumatic childhood, for the 8th annual Captivating Conversations fundraiser on March 31, 2017 at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport IA. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is asking for your help in selecting the top talent to be one of two opening acts for Jon Dorenbos at this event.

Gilda’s Club secured a panel of judges from the Quad City area which reviewed all the submission videos and have narrowed it down to the top 8 Finalists (4 in each age group). Videos were judged based on the following criteria: entertainment value, how the talent will translate to the big stage, professionalism and proficiency. The top 8 Finalists in each category are:

18 years and Under
Cale Bowe-Princeton, Iowa
Kayla Masakowski-Davenport, Iowa
Turning Pointe Dance Studio-Andalusia, Illinois
VanderVeer-Quad Cities

Over 18 years
Becky Pogar-Davenport, Iowa
Chris Schlichting-Davenport, Iowa
David Casas-Davenport, Iowa
Totes McGoats-Quad Cities

Now it is the public’s turn to vote for their favorites by visiting gildasclubqc.org/qctalent. Each vote is $1 and the talent with the top votes in each age category will perform their talent, live on stage, at our Captivating Conversations event on March 31, 2017. Interested in learning more about Captivating Conversations? Visit gildasclubqc.org/conversations for full event details and tickets.
This event is made possible, thanks to the following sponsors: The Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD News 8, Wells Fargo, Mid States Transmission Parts and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. Talent Search Judges include: Patrick Adamson, ComedySportz; Heather Beach, Dead Weeds Pictures; Angie Champlin; Pamela Crouch, Living Proof Exhibit; Bret Dale, RME; Jessica Denney, QC Theatre Workshop; Greg Hipskind, QC Rock Academy; Cindy Ramos, New Ground Theatre; and Terri Smith, Quad Cities Chamber.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities Presents their- 8th Annual Captivating Conversations Series

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa, March 2017 –The Genesis Cancer Care Institute is proud to welcome Jon Dorenbos; NFL player, magician, America’s Got Talent finalist and survivor of a traumatic childhood, for the 8th annual Captivating Conversations fundraiser to benefit Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.  Jon has an amazing talent and will be captivating his audience for a night of magic, laughter, and a whole lot of inspiration as well.

Jon Dorenbos’ past has made him the man he is today.  At the age of 12, Jon’s father murdered his mother and was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison.  After a temporary stay with a foster family to allow him to finish his school year, Jon and his sister moved from Woodinville, WA to Garden Grove, CA to live with their Aunt Susan.

Jon got into magic just before his 13th birthday.  He instantly fell in love with it and it became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life.  He was obsessed with the sleights and skills involved.  He spent all day, every day, practicing and rehearsing in front of the mirror.  Jon’s Aunt Susan had a friend, Ken Sands, who was a magician.  Ken became his mentor, a friend, and a father figure for Jon for years to come.  Ken didn’t just teach Jon the fundamentals of a trick, he taught him how to find himself as a performer.

Jon graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso with a degree in Business.  He was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003 and has also played for the Tennessee Titans.  He is entering his 14th season in the NFL where is currently a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2016 he auditioned for Season 11 of America’s Got Talent.  Dorenbos won over not just the judges but also the nation.  With less than 1% of votes separating the final three contestants, Jon finished in third place.  Jon closed out his final performance saying, “The magic is not in these hands, it’s not in these cards.  It’s in every one of us. It’s in our breath, it’s in our touch, it’s in our words.”

The event will start at 6:30pm on Friday, March 31 at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, IA.  This event is for the entire family.  Show tickets are $35.00.  A special meet and greet dinner will take place before the main show to a limited number of guests beginning at 5:00 pm.  Those attending this meet and greet will enjoy a fabulous dinner while mingling with Jon and getting photos taken prior to the show.  Individual meet and greet dinner tickets are $100 or $800 for a table of 8.  To purchase tickets to the event or the meet and greet dinner visit www.gildasclubqc.org/conversations.

Sally Werner, CEO Gilda’s Club Quad Cities shares “We are thrilled to bring this amazing talent and evening of entertainment to the Quad Cities.  Jon is a captivating magician and speaker and great entertainment for the whole family! Come out for the fun and help us ensure that No One Faces Cancer Alone…”

This event is made possible through the support from Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD, Wells Fargo, Mid State Transmission Parts, and Walgreen Specialty Pharmacy.

About Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

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.  Gilda’s Club is located at 1234 E. River Dr., Davenport, Iowa 52803.

3rd Annual Runway Red Benefit–Tickets on Sale Now

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Gilda’s Club, in partnership with presenting sponsor UnityPoint Health – Trinity Muscatine, will present its Third Annual Runway Red Benefit on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 2 – 4 pm at The Rendezvous (3127 Lucas Street, Muscatine, IA). The event, hosted by WQAD’s Denise Hnytka, includes a style show, desserts, wine and raffle drawings.

Tickets ($25 each) are available for purchase at CBI Bank & Trust, Community Bank & Trust, First National Bank and Hall Tree Boutique. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.gildasclubqc.org/runway

The style show will feature clothing lines from Cato, Younkers, The HallTree Boutique and Le Chic Prom & Pageant Boutique. Guests will also be entertained with music provided by Miss Central Iowa, Emmy Cuvelier and will be inspired by Francesca Vitale who will share her story of hope.

The State Health Registry of Iowa projected 255 new cancer diagnoses in Muscatine County in 2016. This put Muscatine in the top 15 counties for highest projected number of new cancers in the state.  According to Susan G. Komen Quad Cities, Muscatine County leads Iowa in the highest rate of breast cancer, including a rising level of late stage diagnosis.

Attendees at Runway Red help Gilda’s Club provide support to people with cancer and their families right here in Muscatine. Among other services, the funds raised will provide:

  • Support groups both for someone with a diagnosis and their family members.
  • A survivorship program which helps people deal with the emotional, physical, and nutritional consequences of a cancer diagnosis.
  • Educational workshops such as Coping with the Cost of Care, Side Effects of Treatments, and New Discoveries in Treatment.

When cancer strikes, psychosocial support can be critical to one’s cancer journey. Gilda’s Club has been offering such programs since 2013 in the Muscatine area. The money raised at this event will directly benefit these programs in Muscatine.