Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Please Help TCMParty Co-Founder Paula Guthat

If you regularly taken part in TCMParty, the live tweets to movies on Turner Classic Movies using that hashtag, chances are good that you know Paula Guthat. If you live in Detroit, you might also be familiar with Cinema Detroit, the only independent cinema in the Detroit metropolitan area. It was founded by Paula and her husband Tim and was voted by readers of The Detroit Metro Times as "the best place to see an indie movie." Paula is also one of my dearest friends and I literally owe her my life, as she helped through what was the darkest time in my life.

Sadly, Paula has the autoimmune disease lupus, and the disease has recently started attacking her kidneys. Treatment for lupus nephritis, the inflammation of the kidneys, can be very expensive. To help offset Paula's medical bills, her friend Dave Mersey has set up a fundraiser for her on Gofundme.

If you can help, please do so. Paula is a treasure for both the TCM fan community and even Turner Classic Movies itself. For many of us she is among our closest friends. You can donate to the fundraiser here. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

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