Raising Alpha-1 Awareness at Drive-In Movie Night


In honor of their father’s 80th birthday, Donald Helms Jr. and Donna Flowers are determined to spread awareness and raise funds for Alpha-1 by organizing a Drive-In movie night. On Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm at Hulls Drive-In, The Helms and Flowers families are excited to invite the local Lexington, Virginia community to watch “Thunder Road”: their dad’s favorite movie that was also locally filmed in Southern Western Virginia. They are excited for a great night of awareness and to bring back a fun night of an old-time tradition of the drive-in. It has been so many years since their dad had attended one. 

Donna’s brother, Donald Jr. is the recent receipt of a liver transplant. He received his transplant at Duke Medical Center in July 2022. The family learned of their Alpha-1 diagnosis through Donald’s diagnosis about seven years ago.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Alpha-1 Foundation programs and research. For movie information, contact Donna Flowers at dshflowers@gmail.com  or 252-289-0034 to purchase tickets for $20 per car click here: http://hullsdrivein.com


Hulls Drive-In

2367 N. Lee Highway

Lexington, VA 24450

About the Alpha-1 Foundation

Alpha-1 is a genetic (inherited) condition that is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease at any age. The Alpha-1 Foundation, founded in 1995, is committed to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and to improving the lives of people affected by Alpha-1 worldwide. The Foundation has invested over $90 million to support Alpha-1 research and programs at 123 institutions in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.

For more information, visit www.alpha1.org.

Contact: Jeanne Kushner

Director of Communications & Public Affairs