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.”
We just wanted to thank you and Phil’s Friends for sending Chuck the Care Package. He really has taken a liking to that blanket! He is cold a lot from the chemo but thankfully he has not lost any hair.
A patient had called recently to let us know how much she had loved her blanket from Phil’s Friends. She has lung cancer and mentioned that, in order to breathe better, she often has to have the air conditioning on. The blanket helped keep her warm while the a/c was on and also for travel to and from the hospital. Unfortunately, during one of those trips to the hospital, the blanket was forgotten on the wheelchair and lost.
She called because she wanted to buy another blanket and our Care Package Coordinator was gracious enough to get some fabric and make one for her instead. So that weekend, Jackie and her daughter went out to buy some pink fleece fabric and they made another blanket for her.
Blankets are very important items that go into every Care Package that Phil’s Friends ships out. These are intended as much for comfort as they are for practical reasons. Every blanket is made from two pieces of fleece fabric that is then cut and tied by volunteers.
Hand-tied fleece blankets like this are so important both because of the impact that they have on the patients who receive them, and also because they can cost.
Last week we celebrated with a Phil’s Friends volunteer, Maddy, who celebrated her 11th birthday! Maddy wanted to celebrate her birthday blessings by sharing them with others. In lieu of collecting gifts for herself, she asked her guests at her birthday party to bring a donation that would go to Phil’s Friends! When asked why she decided to do this, Maddy shared, “My grandma passed away from cancer and I wanted other people to not feel that way.”