Dystonia Day at San Diego Zoo on November 3 Supports Research for a Cure

Brain Disorder is Little-Known but Surprisingly Common; San Diego Dystonia Support Group Marks 31st Anniversary
San Diego is one of 13 cities to host a Dystonia Zoo Day in 2018.
San Diego is one of 13 cities to host a Dystonia Zoo Day in 2018.
SAN DIEGO - Oct. 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Martha Murphy was 23 years old and newly married when she began experiencing pain and involuntary movements in her neck. She consulted numerous healthcare providers, and none could provide relief or even a diagnosis. The symptoms became so severe she was unable to remain employed at a clerical job she loved. By the time she was finally diagnosed with cervical dystonia, 12 years had passed. Cervical dystonia is a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable, painful muscle spasms in the neck. The year she was diagnosed, Murphy founded the Dystonia Support & Advocacy Group of San Diego County, which marked its 31st anniversary in 2018. To date, the support group has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

WHAT: San Diego is one of 13 cities across the USA to host a Dystonia Zoo Day in 2018. The purpose of this community-building event is to raise dystonia awareness and funds for medical research. Proceeds benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Cost is $25 per adult and $15 for children 11 and under. Fee includes all day admission to the zoo, dystonia t-shirt, and refreshments.Complete information can be found at: https://www.dystonia-foundation.org/sandiego-zoo-day

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by twisting, repetitive muscle movements as well as sustained, abnormal postures of the body and limbs. There are many types of dystonia that impact people of all ages and backgrounds. Conservative estimates suggest no fewer than 250,000 Americans are affected.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing research for improved dystonia treatments and ultimately a cure, promoting awareness, and supporting the well-being of affected individuals and families.

WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2018. Registration opens at 8:00 AM. Event begins at 9:30 AM.

WHERE: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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