Lake Theatre to present benefit screening of 'The Smurfs'

Proceeds to support local resident Kathleen O'Bryan Kurrle

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By Community Editor

Classic Cinemas, along with the Oak Park Women's Guild, has announced the 4th Annual Movie Fundraiser for Kathleen O'Bryan Kurrle, an Oak Park native battling breast cancer. On January 26th, 2013, at 10 AM, the Lake Theatre will host a benefit showing of family favorite "The Smurfs" (PG). For the past several years, the Oak Park Women's Guild has rallied the community to help alleviate the financial burden of Kathleen and her family as she continues her fight against cancer. Tickets are $5 each per person, and can be purchased at Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street, in Oak Park.

In 2008, Kathleen was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, discovering that the cancer had already spread to her liver and bones. In 2009, doctors found more than 20 tumors on her brain. For the past four years, Kathleen, with the support of her family and community, has resiliently fought this disease with a tireless spirit. Kathleen has been through countless rounds of procedures, chemotherapy, drug, and radiation treatments, and has been called "a miracle" by her doctors for the strength she's shown through all of her medical challenges.

In early December 2012, Kathleen's doctors found two more tumors on her brain and she is currently recovering from those procedures. Kathleen's strength, optimism, and spirit are an inspiration to her Oak Park community. This January, bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning to show our unwavering support of the Kurrles in this difficult time.

Established in 1978 and based in Downers Grove, Classic Cinemas is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Classic Cinemas today operates 13 theatres with 100 screens in 12 communities in Northern Illinois and the greater Chicago area. For more information on Classic Cinemas, please visit their website at

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