By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — A woman is trying to raise awareness about Huntington’s disease by bringing a documentary to Trussville.
Shelley Luna said 100 tickets must be sold or reserved for the movie “Alive & Well” to be shown at the Regal Cinema in Trussville on March 17 at 6 p.m. A feature documentary film, “Alive & Well” follows seven resilient character coming to terms with the reality of living with Huntington’s disease.
Tickets can be reserved at http://gathr.us/screening/7029.
Luna said Trussville native Tommy Buffaloe, the senior class president in 1984, died Sept. 16, 2010 after battling the disease. He was 44.
“As Tommy’s companion and mother of his child I became his voice and his advocate and now as the HD clinical trials diplomat to Alabama I cannot think of a better place to raise awareness than our hometown and to educate those who have maybe heard of the disease but knows nothing else about it,” Luna said in an email. “People who knew Tommy actually thought he was drunk or on drugs when he first became symptomatic, never realizing he had a neurological degenerative brain disease.”
All proceeds from the movie go to the Huntingdon’s Disease Society of America, which raises money for research.
“It’s my goal to get this brought to mine and Tommy’s hometown as this is something I have lived and lost someone to,” Luna said.
For more information, visit http://aliveandwellthefilm.com.
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