DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 28, 2023) — Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is joining its fellow Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) network partners that include CSC, Gilda’s Clubs, and health-care partnerships, to celebrate the second-annual Community is Stronger Than Cancer Day. Following the success of the previous year’s inaugural day, CSC and its network are excited to announce that they are continuing the tradition. The event is a day of awareness to promote the support, resources, and services that the passionate community provides to cancer patients, survivors, care-givers, and loved ones.

The celebration takes place each year on June 28, a date that coincides with the birthday of one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century: Beloved Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. It was Gilda Radner’s experience at The Wellness Community in Santa Monica, California, that inspired the creation of Gilda’s Club. The Cancer Support Community was formed in 2009 when Gilda’s Club and The Wellness Community merged.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities has two locations on both sides of the river that are a part of the 190 locations in the United States and beyond that make up a network where cancer patients, survivors, care-givers, and loved one’s access free emotional support, healthy lifestyle activities, social connection, education, and referral services provided with compassion and expertise — in person or online. Across all locations, the network has served the community with nearly 300,000 visits in 2022. Last year, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities had 2,300 visits.

"We never paid a penny. . . but what Gilda's Club gave us was priceless."

 George Ramos, Member

In addition to having support in their community, participants are presented opportunities to join forces with other impacted people from partner locations to advocate on issues important to cancer patients at the state and national levels and to contribute to important research that inspires positive change in cancer care and the patient experience.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is asking its supporters to help the network raise awareness of the services available to impacted people at no cost by sharing its social media posts using the hashtags #CelebrateCSCGC #CommunityisStrongerThanCancer.

About the Cancer Support Community

As the largest professionally led non-profit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club network partners, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organization’s Institute for Excellence in Psychosocial Care includes an international network that offers the highest-quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington DC and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355 or visit CancerSupportCommunity.org.

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