Arkells Perform Backyard Set for Cancer Patient’s Surprise Party

Friend reached out to the band over Snapchat

Jill Zitars, an eighteen year old from Waterloo who was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April welcomed the Arkells to her backyard last week.

July 6th, was supposed to mark the half way point of her treatment. She had planned a party with her friends and family to celebrate. However, her doctors had to inform her that her treatment wasn’t progressing at the rate they had expected. The devastating news put a damper on her plans for the day and she was no longer in a partying mood.

One of Jill’s friends, Kristin Kelly had a surprise planned for the party. She had reached out the the Arkells over Snapchat and explained the situation. They agreed to play a private show in Jill’s backyard.

Arkells front man Max Kerman explained the performance to CBC News saying, “It’s so easy for us to do something like this, it’s just literally doing the thing we do all the time. But if it can make a difference and help somebody who is going through something really hard, then it’s the obvious thing to do for us.”

The band played acoustic versions of their past hits as well as some new songs of their upcoming album Morning Report (2016).

Jill Zitars plans to attend Laurier University in the fall to study Psychology.

Image Courtesy of Jill Zitars for CBC