On January 28, 2015, Phil Zielke, a 2 time cancer survivor and creator of Phil’s Friends, gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills on the objectives of his organization. After a difficult and painful treatment for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Phil’s Friends was created. The goal was to reach out to cancer patients to help them in 3 ways – deliver CARE packages, Cards of Hope and emotional support and guidance.
After the presentation, the club decided to take on a project with Phil’s Friends to help them in their support of cancer patients.
     The Club purchased fabric material so that blankets, an item that goes into every CARE package, could be made. The Jacobs High School Interact Club, under the direction of their advisor, Kim Barone, then began the process of starting the assembling process for the blankets.
     On Thursday, March 5, 2015, several Club members completed the assembly process, ultimately arriving at 57 blankets to be donated to Phil’s Friends.
     On Saturday, March 7, 2015, a number of representatives from the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills went to the national headquarters for Phil’s Friends, located in Roselle, Illinois. There, in addition to delivering the blankets, they volunteered and worked that morning at the headquarters, putting together CARE packages for delivery to hospitals, stenciling the CARE package boxes and completing Cards of Hopes which go to each of the cancer patients.