First Baptist Church to host blood drive

CLINTON — First Baptist Church, 2020 N. Third St., will host a blood drive from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in its Fellowship Hall.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and have not given blood since July 16. Donors must bring identification. This blood drive is open to the public.

Appointments are appreciated but walk-in donors are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment contact Rhonda Boothby at (563) 212-8125.

Duplicate Bridge Club results

CLINTON — John Carlin and Gary Bibby were top Clinton Duplicate Bridge Club winners recently at Bickford Cottage. Tom Tegeler and Sandy Tegeler were second; John Mulholland and Elaine Fishwild, third; Phil Barger and Frank Nester tied with Carol Hill and James Carey for fourth; Judy Doughty and Evelyn Mohr, sixth; Merry Iverson and Kasu Rickertsen, seventh; Penny Royer and Norma McDonnell, eighth; George Bleich and Michelle Feeney, ninth; and Mary Duhr and Phyllis Morris,10th.

The next Bridge game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bickford Cottage.

Cancer Support Group meeting time adjusted

CLINTON — Gilda’s Club continues to offer an ongoing monthly Cancer Support Group on the second Tuesday of the month at Zion Lutheran Church. To better accommodate the needs of the community, the meeting time has been adjusted to 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 11.

Additionally, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities would like to welcome its new group facilitator, Lindsey Allbee-Reid, MSW. Allbee-Reid graduated with her bachelor of arts degree from Ashford University, where she also played volleyball. While in the Clinton area, she worked at the YWCA serving in a variety of program capacities such as the before and after school program, and she also coached volleyball within the Fulton, Illinois community.

Allbee-Reid currently holds her MSW degree from the University of Iowa and is excited to welcome and meet new support group members at the monthly Clinton Cancer Support Group. This free support group is for adults with any type of cancer diagnosis, caregivers, family and friends of those with a diagnosis where members share thoughts, feelings and experiences.

In order to meet the growing needs of cancer patients and their families, Gilda’s Club continues to work collaboratively with Mercy Medical Center and other community organizations to provide its evidenced-based cancer support programs closer to those living outside of the metro Quad-Cities. Gilda’s Club Program Manager Anita Shaft, LMSW, meets with patients on Tuesday mornings at the Mercy Radiation Oncology Center.

Patient-centered services provided by Gilda’s Club include distress screening, treatment decision support, educational workshops, support groups, healthy lifestyle programs, and access to research studies being conducted by the Cancer Support Community Research and Training Institute.

According to the Iowa Cancer Registry, Clinton County has a higher than average rate of cancer incidence in the United States and a higher than average incidence in Iowa for breast, cervical, colorectal, melanoma and lung cancers.

The 2017 Cancer Experience Registry, developed by the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute, tracks the social and emotional experience of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers throughout the cancer continuum. The report finds many patients – from newly diagnosed to those that are multiple years out from a diagnosis – experience varying levels of distress related to psychological, social, and financial concerns. High levels of distress can negatively impact patient outcomes, and alleviating distress, through screening and support, is an integral component of any cancer care plan.

Based on this data, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, Mercy Medical Center Clinton, and other community partners recognize the need for cancer support services within Clinton County.

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community, including its Gilda’s Club affiliates, 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 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, D.C., and across the nation. For more information, call Gilda’s Club Quad Cities at (563) 326-7504 or visit