Barb and Mike Maloney were both diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Their daughter reached out to Phil’s Friends and requested a package for each of them.
They found every single item in the care package useful but realized that there is so much more to this lovingly decorated box. It also brings faith, hope, love, and positivity to the recipients, as well as the caregivers and requesters of the package.
Mike donated time introducing Phil’s Friends to colleagues and acquaintances from local organizations and businesses. Even after being re-diagnosed, he continued to connect administrations with PF representatives and encourage residents to get involved while in the hospital and rehab centers. Although Mike passed away in January of this year, Barbara carries on their passion and spreads the word about the mission of Phil’s Friends. We are grateful.
Bringing Hope to Cancer Patients
Phil’s Friends Partners with Franciscan Health Cancer Center Munster
Munster, IN, Wednesday May 29, 2019 — Cancer is an epidemic that affects all people, either directly or indirectly. While undergoing treatment for this disease, patients need more than just medical support. Hope has been identified as having therapeutic value for those affected by cancer. Our desire is to come alongside patients by way of spiritual, emotional, and practical support that leaves them hope-filled.
We are overjoyed to announce further expansion of our hospital program with the recent partnership at the Franciscan Health Cancer Center Munster. This partnership means more of those affected by cancer will experience comprehensive care while receiving treatment.
Our trained and vetted hospital volunteers began visits May 2
If you are interested in learning more about Phil’s Friends or ways to volunteer, please visit philsfriends.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 224-653-8315.
Photo caption: Phil’s Friends Hope to Hospitals staff and volunteers preparing to visit patients at the Franciscan Health Cancer Center Munster. Pictured from left to right: Shannon Andersen-Phil’s Friends Hospital Program Leader, Mary Paterik and Bob Seeman-volunteers.
K-Love and Air-One Radio asked me recently if I would share my story to their 18 million person audience.
I didn’t jump at the opportunity. Why? Fear set in. In seeking God about the opportunity, I realized one of my greatest fears is success and all the responsibility that comes with it. After prayer, the Holy Spirit directed me to take a step, move forward and say yes. So I did. On another note, the Spirit has been working through our staff team. These promptings led us to step out in faith and remove the $7 shipping donation. This will make our care packages accessible to anyone who is interested and/or in need.
As I drove to the studio I didn’t know what to expect. Upon arrival, I found out I was going to record a 18 minute interview of my story, share the Phil’s Friends vision, and be able to challenge listeners to get involved with our mission. As I sat in the studio chair, I prayed God would direct every word that came out of my mouth.
This interview is set to play multiple times during the year to their national audience. The first airing is set for this Sunday evening (March 3) at 9pm CST. Click hereto find a K-Love station near you. You can also listen online at klove.comor by downloading the app.
As you might expect, this elevates the growing need at Phil’s Friends as well as our opportunity for outreach. I’m emailing today asking you to help in three ways:
- God uses the interview to shine a light on His power and what He does when someone surrenders their life to Him.
- the Holy Spirit prepares hearts of listeners in advance, and that they would feel inspired and empowered to take the next step in their personal walk with Him.
- listeners take up the challenge get involved inside the ministry of Phil’s Friends or elsewhere in the body of Christ.
- God fully equips Phil’s Friends internally with staff, volunteers, and resources so that lives are changed locally and around the world.
- Share the interview with anyone affected by cancer as well as people you feel would have a heart for the mission.
- Give a monthly or one-time gift of any amount at philsfriends.org.
- Eliminating the shipping donation for care packages, along with the expected increased volume due to the interview, will require greater amounts of funding.
- It takes an average of $900 a month in recurring donations to support a new hospital partnership. We have 10+ hospital opportunities ready for us once we secure funding.
Thanks for hearing my plea to God for help! I’m thankful for you!
In His service,
Barrington, IL, Friday, February 22, 2019 — Cancer touches every person’s life, whether through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. Phil’s Friends and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital are now partnering to offer hope and support to people affected by cancer where they receive treatment. “Lying flat on my back in my hospital room is when I learned how powerful hope is on the cancer journey,” said Phil Zielke, two-time stage 4 cancer survivor and founder of Phil’s Friends. “I am thrilled Phil’s Friends is expanding its programs to Good Shepherd so that patients know they too are not alone.”
Trained by Phil’s Friends, Hope to Hospitals volunteers will visit patients and their loved ones in the infusion center and radiation oncology at Advocate Good Shepherd to share care packages, encouraging cards, and emotional and spiritual support. Phil’s Friends board member, Abigail Gage, explains how this partnership began. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my hope came from the team at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, who came alongside me during my treatment and continues to monitor my health three years later,” Gage said. “I am delighted that Good Shepherd is partnering with Phil’s Friends. The doctors, nurses and staff are committed to bringing good health and hope to every cancer patient that they treat and now Phil’s Friends will be there to help.”
“Words alone could never express the gratitude I feel for the loving cards & words of encouragement that I continuously received throughout my ordeal (journey as some like to call it) with the treatments (surgery, chemo and radiation) for my breast cancer crisis in 2013. It was the longest 6 months of my life.
It was always good to know that someone I didn’t even know, was praying & giving me good thoughts for the day. Even better, I was told many times how much I was “loved” and that meant the world to me. I was not good emotionally, but managed a smile with the beautiful cards I received.
I am three years “Cancer-free” and totally grateful to each & every person who wrote & sent a card to encourage me during this difficult time.
Thank you… you all will be forever in my prayers and hope someday, I can repay someone else with the same encouragement you all showed me.
Thank you again.”
– Rachel Rodriguez, NY
Sending out over 11,ooo Cards of Hope each month to cancer patients like Rachel would not be possible without our volunteers. These cards truly do have an impact and Phil’s Friends thanks the many wonderful volunteers who contribute in creating them.
Interested in sharing how Phil’s Friends impacted a friend, family member or yourself? Share your own Story of Hope here.
Gary first heard about Phil’s Friends through a workshop he attended with his sister. At the workshop he was able to meet Phil and learn more about our organization. Gary is now hoping to bring encouragement to cancer patients and is looking forward to volunteer opportunities with Phil’s Friends! Below, Gary shares his experiences with 17 years of cancer. He hopes that at the least, he is able to impact one cancer patient through his article…
“For the past 17 years my family and I have been dealing with cancer. No one has heard us complain or feel sorry for ourselves because we have no reason to. We are strong, we are together and my wife and kids are doing great. I also believe that I have a great life and am winning my battle with cancer every day.
To me, winning is getting up every morning and the first thought I have is feeling blessed for all that I have. Next I think about what I want to accomplish today. What works for me is feeling the need to accomplish something every day, whether I am in the hospital or at home, whether I feel good or not so good. I need a specific goal (or goals) to focus on every day. Some days my goal might be a challenging one, and some days it might be simply telling my wife and kids that I love them. This allows me to feel some success every day when I accomplish my goal.
Mary openly shares her personal journey with cancer as well as the diagnosis of her sister-in-law’s breast cancer. She was looking for resources that could be of any support to her sister-in-law, and it was then when she came across Phil’s Friends…
“First of all, I want to say my most sincere thank you! I am a “survivor” with a very rare form of cancer. It is (in layman’s terms)cancer of the appendix. Most people ask “Well, can’t they just remove the appendix?” This cancer is “weird” as it is not just a “tumor,” but this jelly like substance called “mucin.” My appendix ruptured during the surgery, and the mucin went all over my entire abdominal area, making it Stage 4, metastasis immediately. It was a scary time. I had chemo, several surgeries, then the “BIG SURGERY” where I had a radical hysterectomy, and tumors removed elsewhere, followed by a procedure called “H.I.P.E.C.,” which is essential heated chemo (102 degrees F) that was pumped in my body for 90 minutes with hopes it would kill microscopic cancer cells.