For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (April 27, 2006) – WXXI has partnered with CURE of Rochester, Gilda’s Club and the All Inclusive Care for Children Coalition to host a free screening of an upcoming PBS film that addresses the challenges of childhood cancers entitled A Lion in the House. A discussion will follow the screening. The screening and discussion will take place at WXXI, 280 State Street in Rochester on Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling WXXI’s Shelley Figueroa at (585) 258-0278 or emailing

A Lion in the House is an intimate, intense and ultimately inspiring documentary about ordinary people getting through the impossible. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment; the stress that can tear apart a family; and the children who face the possibility of death with courage, rebellion and dignity, A Lion in the House is an unprecedented portrait of a life-altering experience captured in all its complex dimensions. As the film compresses six years into one narrative, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers as they struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease. A Lion in the House, a two-part presentation by Independent Lens, will air on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) on Wednesday-Thursday, June 21-22 at 9 p.m.

CURE for Childhood Cancer Association of Rochester is dedicated to improving the lives of families coping with childhood cancer or chronic blood disorders by providing emotional, educational and financial assistance.

Gilda's Club provides a meeting place for men, women and children living with cancer, along with their family and friends. They join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.

The All Inclusive Care for Children Coalition is dedicated to improving the quality of gravely ill children – helping children and their families cope effectively with their disease and treatment.


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