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    MonMondayAprApril21st2014 The Right Kind of Trust As we make hospital visits, occasionally we come across a patient whose lights are off as they get some much needed rest. One such patient was Meredith. I had eased the door open to see if this... More
    MonMondayAprApril14th2014 A Foreign Encounter A patient that really stood out to me was from an early hospital visit that I recall vividly. Perhaps it was the unusual sunlight beaming through the window that cold December afternoon or the... More
    MonMondayAprApril7th2014 The Right Place at the Right Time Often times at the hospital, we have memorable visits or we’ll see patients that really touch our heart. This time it happened just as we were entering on to the transplant floor. We had our... More
    ThuThursdayMarMarch13th2014 Blessed to be Lucky It was a bright sunny day during the frigid Chicago winter and our hospital visits were going well. Many people were excited to see us but one man specifically really stood out to me. When we walked... More
    ThuThursdayMarMarch6th2014 No Such Thing as a Coincidence We were getting ready to leave after a long day of seeing patients and meeting new people. I was exhausted and ready to hit the road when we got word that we had missed a couple of patients.... More
    ThuThursdayFebFebruary20th2014 Armed with the Right Attitude "You have a real way of connecting with people." I mean, I knew that our ministry has a lasting impact on those we serve, but to hear a patient articulate it that way really struck a chord with me.... More
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary30th2014 Hope In All the Right Places Walking on to the 15th floor seemed different that day, everything was quiet and there weren’t many people walking around. Maybe it was the arctic weather outside that was dampening spirits,... More
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary23rd2014 Another Care Package, Another Friend I had known that Northwestern was an internationally renowned hospital, but I didn’t expect my first hospital visit to reflect the breadth of our impact there. We walked into the first... More
    FriFridayJanJanuary3rd2014 Watching Hope Appear It was the day before Christmas and all I could think was, “No one could possibly want to be here.” I was with Phil on my second hospital visit with Phil’s Friends. We met many... More
    WedWednesdayJunJune19th2013 Hooked on Phils Friends: Part 2 No Small Gifts I met Sharon at work, well, let me rephrase that, God introduced me to Sharon at work. Sharon is not new to our company, but had taken a vacant position at my reporting office which... More
    WedWednesdayMayMay29th2013 Bears Punter Shaving Head, Raising Funds for Young Cancer Patient As reported by NBC 5 Chicago: Original content can be found here. Copyright NBC Owned Television Stations Bears punter Adam Podlesh is spending his off-season on a very worthy cause. Podlesh is using... More
    WedWednesdayAprApril17th2013 Welcome to the World Graham Bennett Zielke! All of us at Phil's Friends are praising the Lord for the birth of Phil and Carrie's son Graham Bennett Zielke, born at 4:38 P.M. on 4/16/13 weighing in at 8lbs 3oz. Thank you to all of you who have... More
    WedWednesdayMarMarch20th2013 Hooked on Phil's Friends: A 365 Day Fishing Challenge HOOKED ON PHIL’S FRIENDS: A 365 DAY FISHING CHALLENGE If your part of the Phil’s Friends family or visiting the site for the first time, you might be trying to imagine the common thread... More
    TueTuesdayJanJanuary29th2013 Phil's Friends on NBC 4 in Milwaukee! From the TMJ4 NBC Milwaukee Website: MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of students from Milwaukee, Cedarburg, Wauwatosa and Brookfield are bringing hope to cancer patients. The students are using a personal touch... More
    MonMondayDecDecember3rd2012 Celebration of Hope 2012 Highlights Thanks to the nearly 600 volunteers, supporters, and patients that joined us for the Celebration of Hope Dinner. The evening helped us raise $50,000 and most importantly, many lives were touched with... More
    ThuThursdayNovNovember8th2012 In October, Phil's Friends had the opportunity to team up with K-Love Radio hosts Scott and Kelli, Big Daddy Weave's Mike Weaver, Mike Grayson of MIKESCHAIR, Meredith Andrews, and Steven Curtis... More
    ThuThursdayNovNovember1st2012 Bringing More Hope At the end of 2011 we were blessed to bring hope to approximately 800 patients on a weekly basis. Current care projections indicate that we will double last year's efforts. Soon we will reach out to... More
    TueTuesdayAprApril24th2012 6th-graders organize benefit concert for Phil's Friends Sixth-graders Leah Van Hal and Sydney Stanger have been posting fliers all over the community, inviting people to attend a special benefit concert Sunday. The event features Philmont, a Christian... More
    FriFridayJanJanuary20th2012 NEW ADDRESS for Phil's Friends! Phil's Friends is excited to annouce their new address! We are currently located at: 1350 Lake Street STE I Roselle, IL 60172 (224) 653-8315 Please make note of this and come visit to see our new... More
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary12th2012 Phil’s Friends Continues Their Growth! The Phil’s Friends Center is open and now available to the community! Groups of any age are welcome to sign up to pack care packages and write cards to our patients. Sign up today! Call (224)... More
    ThuThursdayJunJune16th2011 Phil's Friends Card Team hits Record Numbers! In an effort to bring continuous hope to cancer patients, Phils Friends volunteers have been creating and sending weekly cards to patients. "As of June 1st a milestone number of 500 cards per week... More
    TueTuesdayDecDecember28th2010 Chicago Bears and Phil’s Friends bring holiday joy to patients Chicago Bears and Phil’s Friends brought holiday joy to patients at The University of Chicago Medical Center ROSELLE, Ill. December 23, 2010 —Several members of the 2010 NFC North Champion Chicago... More
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary12th2012 2012 Phil’s Friends and the Chicago Bears bring hope! November 21, 2011 Volunteers from Phil’s Friends and members of the Chicago Bears spread a little holiday cheer to cancer patients and their families at the University of Chicago’s Comer... More
    ThuThursdayDecDecember16th2010 2010 Year in Review God poured out His blessings to Phil's Friends in 2010. We started the year by getting settled into our office space at 1350 W. Lake Street in Roselle, IL. Through the gifts of various financial... More
    TueTuesdaySepSeptember28th2010 Phil's Friends featured in The Suburban Woman Magazine Phil's Friends and it's Executive Director, Phil Zielke, were featured in the Autumn 2010 issue of Suburban Woman's Magazine. The article spotlights Phil's story and shares ways to partner with... More
    TueTuesdayFebFebruary10th2009 Phil’s Friends Care Package Drive Phil’s Friends is having a Care Package Drive. If you would like to support cancer patients in this way, feel free to purchase any of the items listed below. These items will then be included... More
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary23rd2014 Another Care Package, Another Friend I had known that Northwestern was an internationally renowned hospital, but I didn’t expect my first hospital visit to reflect the breadth of our impact there. We walked into the first... More
    WedWednesdayJanJanuary13th2010 Come See Our New Office! As God has continued to bless our ministry, we've moved into a larger office and warehouse space to better serve those affected by cancer. Phil’s Friends National Office 1350 Lake St. Suite C... More
    TueTuesdayJanJanuary12th2010 Organization Needs If you would like to donate specific items to Phil’s Friends, please contact us at or call 224.653.8315. Current specific needs: Computer Specific care package items... More
    TueTuesdayFebFebruary10th2009 Inaugural Celebration of Hope Dinner Friday, November 21st, 2008 Inaugural Celebration of Hope Dinner Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL Thanks to all who attended our Inaugural Celebration of Hope Dinner! We are appreciative to each of... More
    ThuThursdayDecDecember11th2008 A Few Thank You's Thank you! A sincere thank you to Family Christian Stores for the wonderful teddy bears you donated for our children’s care packages! So many children will be touched by these beautiful bears that... More
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