Join the Lake Theatre and Oak Park Women’s Guild for a showing of The Smurfs to help support the family of Kathleen Kurrle. Kathleen Kurrle is an Oak Park native who has been battling cancer for many years. The Oak Park Movie Fundraiser will be showing The Smurfs on Saturday, January 26that 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $5 and 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Kurrle family.
Kathleen Kurrle was born and raised in Oak Park and, along with her husband Jochen, is raising her three children in the community: Niklas(8), Patrick(6) and Liadain(4). She is a committed friend, wife, mother and an inspiration to us all. Kathleen is undergoing a battle few of us can imagine. She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in late 2008 that upon discovery had already spread to her liver and bones. In 2009 doctors found more than 20 tumors in her brain.
Over the past four years, Kathleen has resiliently fought cancer, surviving procedures, chemotherapy, drugs and radiation treatment beyond one’s imagination. Even while facing such challenges, Kathleen has maintained a great sense of humor and unbelievable spirit. She has been called “a miracle” by her physicians for recovering so well from treatments and surviving multiple recurrences of the cancer. In early December 2012 Kathleen’s usual scans showed two additional tumors on her brain requiring surgery and radiation. Today, she is recovering from these surgeries and rebuilding her strength. Her husband calls her “a great fighter…tough…and the clown that makes everyone else laugh with the best demeanor and spirit.”