Day at Zoo Supports Dystonia Research for a Cure

1st Los Angeles Dystonia Zoo Walk Takes Place November 9; Neurological Disorder is Little-Known but Surprisingly Common
Dystonia is characterized by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions.
Dystonia is characterized by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions.
LOS ANGELES - Oct. 30, 2019 - PRLog -- Los Angeles is one of 13 cities hosting a Dystonia Zoo Walk in 2019. Last year, Zoo Walks in a dozen cities drew over 5,000 participants. The Los Angeles Dystonia Zoo Walk is a family-friendly community day at the Zoo to raise awareness about dystonia, a chronic brain disorder that robs people of the ability to control their body movements. National sponsors include Allergan, Merz, and Ipsen.

Dystonia is characterized by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions that result in twisting, repetitive movements and abnormal postures of the body and limbs. There are many manifestations of dystonia that impact people of all ages and backgrounds. Conservative estimates suggest 250,000 Americans are affected. Dystonia Zoo Walks offer a "twist" on traditional charity walks with no required walking course or expectation other than enjoying a morning at the zoo among fellow patients, friends, and family.

Proceeds benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Cost is $25 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. Fee includes all day zoo admission, dystonia t-shirt, and refreshments. Complete details are available at

WHEN: Saturday, November 9. Registration opens at 9:00 am. Event begins at 10:00 am.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Treetops Terrace), 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

WHO: The event is spearheaded by Jacquelyn Coello and Janis Eiler, members of the Los Angeles Dystonia Support Group. Michele Tagliati, MD, internationally-recognized expert in dystonia and other movement disorders and Director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will provide remarks.

MORE INFO: Information about dystonia and the DMRF is available at

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