April 21 marks the beginning of the online program offered by Gilda’s Club. This new online program will help those diagnosed with cancer as well as those currently undergoing treatment. The program is made possible in part by a grant that Gilda’s Club received from the Iowa Cancer Consortium and support from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The program offers weekly group sessions that are aimed at teaching effective strategies and techniques for managing the stress related to cancer. The grant received is intended to be aimed towards adults ages 18 to 39. The program will be tailored to this age group, addressing topics such as relationships, autonomy, communication, finances, and healthy behaviors.
This program will have two different times for sessions. They will be held online using GoToMeeting and will be held Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides free support and education to those affected by cancer. As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, they are part of the largest employer of psychological oncology mental health professionals in the country. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities has a satellite location at Muscatine Community College.