Documentary chronicles cancer diagnosis, battle

An inspiring story of cancer survival by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Kaplan will air on Iowa Public Television (Public Broadcasting Service) affiliate KQIN-TV World.

The film, “Not As I Pictured,” will be shown at these times: midnight Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 p.m. Sept. 11, 8 a.m. Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

Diagnosed at the age of 48 with a potentially deadly form of lymphoma, Kaplan turned the lens on himself and chronicled his experience in a moving visual journal. A husband and father of two young children, his story is both upbeat and life-affirming.

A humanitarian program is under way to give away 10,000 free DVD copies of the film to anyone affected by cancer. Free copies for personal use can be ordered online at

MDA Labor Day Telethon features a new format

The 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon will feature many changes, including a shorter format that organizers say will also be more action-filled.  

This year’s telethon will air in the Quad-City region from 6 p.m. Sunday to 12:35 a.m. Monday, with time out for news coverage, on WQAD-TV.

The prime-time event will feature 20 performances by some of the biggest names in show business. Continuing their role as co-hosts are Nancy O’Dell, Allison Sweeney, Jann Carl and Nigel Lythgoe.

Parenting program helps Scott County families

Iowa State University Extension, Lutheran Social Services and Genesis Bright Beginnings will sponsor an eight-week parenting series called PACT, or Parenting All Children Together, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The program is designed to educate and offer support to parents and caregivers of children from birth through 5 years old who live in Scott County.

Participants will receive useful information, a free meal at every session, free child care while adults are learning, a gift at each session, bus tokens to get to the sessions, $40 worth of items chosen by the participant, and fun and friendship with other families.

For more information or to register, contact Marisa at the Iowa State University Extension office, (563) 359-7577 or

Walk honors babies lost in pregnancy or early in life

Share Quad-Cities, an organization offering healing for those touched by the loss of a baby through pregnancy loss, a stillbirth or in the first few months of life, will host its second Walk for Remembrance and Hope on Oct. 1.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with a memorial at 10 a.m. Names of babies lost will be read and flower petals floated in the lagoon, followed by a walk with music.

A $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt with baby’s name, a memorial program and a flower to float. A $10 adult registration or $8 child registration includes a T-shirt and flower petals to float. Those who don’t want a T-shirt or memorial program are welcome to attend and walk.

For a registration form, visit or email Chalyn Fornero-Green at Fees and donations can be sent to Share Quad-Cities, P.O. Box 188, Rapids City, IL 61278. Registrations are due Monday, Sept. 5.

East Moline family walks to help fight against ALS

The family of former East Moline resident Tomas Sanchez will join about 5,000 people Sept. 10 at the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s 10th annual ALS Walk4Life.

The family will walk as “Team Tamo” in memory of Sanchez, who passed away from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in August 2009. The team will include nearly 50 people representing the Quad-Cities, Chicago, Texas and Kansas.

The event features a 2-mile-plus walk along Chicago’s lakefront, beginning at Montrose Harbor. Registration is free, but participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a long-sleeve ALS Walk4Life T-shirt. For more information, visit

Pink Pajama Party helps fight breast cancer

Pink Pajama Party, a fundraiser for Stylin’ Against Breast Cancer, will be Oct. 7, at the Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

Registration and cocktails will begin at 5 p.m., with a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include a silent auction, raffles, karaoke, a DJ and board games.

The cost is $40. For dinner reservations, call Pam at (563) 209-8380. Make checks payable to Pink Pajama Party, c/o Queens Parlour, 171 19th Ave., Moline, IL 61265. Final reservations are needed by Sept. 15. Room accommodations also are available by calling the Hotel Blackhawk at (563) 322-5000.