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If you have any sort of a green thumb or eat organic foods you know it doesn't always come easy. The same goes for people who are in one way or another impacted by cancer. Now a local organization is helping to plant seeds that can sprout a new kind of comfort for area

families. Sheila

Lulich is a breast cancer survivor. She still finds comfort with others who know about that journey at Gilda's Club in Davenport. She and her husband Ray come weekly.

"I come out here sometimes just to sit here in the gazebo. It's very relaxing out here," said Sheila.

Now while she's there she does a little gardening, browsing for produce, and snacking at the same time. A vertical growing system known as a LiveScreen is now a permanent fixture at the gazebo on the hill. The organization wanted something where members could make things grow and maybe do some growing themselves.

"It really can help get folks minds off of it. Cancer is a really tough thing to go through and you think about it a lot," said Erin Williams, Outreach Manager for Gilda's Club Quad Cities.

Ray Lulich says he likes that they're getting to try new, healthy things. "This is strictly fresh vegetables and I think it tastes better when it's fresh out of a garden," he said.

All of it came from local company Roof Top Sedums in Davenport. The company grows plants for green spaces and delivers on a regional basis for LiveRoof, a national brand.

Restaurants like to use it a lot and schools also for education, but also when they cook in their kitchens. The same with your nursing homes and those types of facilities," said Teresa Decker, a green product specialist at Roof Top Sedums.

The LiveScreen creates new opportunities for those who don't have a place or can't easily get out and dig in the dirt. "You have no more bending over to garden, no more weeding and it's fully automated watering," added Decker.

At Gilda's Club it's part of several new programs on healthy living and sustainability that entire families are taking advantage of.

"It's important to eat healthy, that's part of the cancer journey," said Williams.

Wherever members are on that journey they can treat themselves to something special...

"The strawberries, the basil, the chives, it's just wonderful to come out here and see things grow," said Sheila.

Gilda's Club members are having weekly salad luncheons with produce picked from the LiveScreen. The organization won grant money thanks to votes from the public to make it all happen.

For more information on Gilda's Club CLICK HERE.

Fore more information on Roof Top Sedums CLICK HERE.

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