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Actress to visit fundraiser for Mt. Prospect teacher

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  • Mount Prospect teacher Linda Frahm receives a hug from a friend in 2012. Frahm is fighting cancer, and her colleagues at Lions Park Elementary School have organized a fundraiser for her that will include an appearance by writer-actress Bonnie Hunt.

       Mount Prospect teacher Linda Frahm receives a hug from a friend in 2012. Frahm is fighting cancer, and her colleagues at Lions Park Elementary School have organized a fundraiser for her that will include an appearance by writer-actress Bonnie Hunt.
    Gilbert Boucher | Staff Photographer April 20

 
 

A group of teachers at Lions Park Elementary School in Mount Prospect has organized a fundraiser to help a longtime colleague in her battle with cancer.

Linda Frahm, a teacher in Mount Prospect since 1987, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Frahm continued working in the classroom while undergoing treatment at first, but in recent months she has had to focus all her efforts on fighting the disease.

"This kind of battle can place a huge financial burden on a family," said Mary Hunt, a Lions Park teacher who has worked with Frahm for more than 20 years. "We all knew we had to do something to help out."

The fundraiser, which takes place at 7 p.m. today at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, will feature a private screening of "Return to Me," a romantic comedy released in 2000. The movie is one of Frahm's favorites, Hunt said. It also happens to have been written and directed by Hunt's sister, writer-actress Bonnie Hunt.

Bonnie Hunt will appear at the fundraiser to introduce the film, and then she'll stick around afterward for a question-and-answer session.

"I know Linda through my sister," Bonnie Hunt said Wednesday. "And I worked as an oncology nurse here in Chicago before going into show business, so I have a sense of how cancer can affect not just the person with the disease, but the person's whole family."

Tickets for the screening cost $50, and they are expected to be available at the door. Those who are unable to attend but wish to help Frahm and her family can visit the website youcaring.com/loveforlindafrahm for information on how to make a donation.

Both Hunt sisters said they've been impressed by how supportive people have been both in Mount Prospect School District 57 and beyond.

"The community has really come through," Mary Hunt said, adding that roughly 300 tickets had been sold in advance. "It will be so great if we help the Frahm family get through this terrible time."

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