Gilda’s Club is excited to unveil a new opportunity for cancer patients with children called Enhancing Connections. This five-session program will be held bi-weekly from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, beginning on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and concluding on November 8, 2017 at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport).

Enhancing Connections is a cancer education program available to parents who have a five to 17-year-old and who are diagnosed with early stage cancer (Stage 0-III) and within 12 months of diagnosis. The program was created in response to parents expressing the challenges they experienced in responding to their child during treatment for cancer.

“He doesn’t talk about how things emotionally affect him very much,” said the parent of an 11-year-old boy.  “Sometimes I just had to guess. And even when you asked him, he could give concrete answers, but not processing how he was feeling, emotionally, about it.”

The program includes ways you can:

  • Enhance communication with your child in talking about your cancer
  • Draw out your child’s feelings and concerns about your cancer
  • Support your child and decrease stress related to your cancer

Enhancing Connections is made available through a grant from the National Cancer Institute and is being evaluated as part of a research study.

Parents who do not meet the study parameters are still encouraged to contact Anita Shaft, Gilda’s Club Program Manager, if interested.

For eligibility details and to enroll, please call Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 or email [email protected].