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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Welcomes AbbVie as National Sponsor of Dystonia Zoo Days
In-Person and Virtual Events Unify Dystonia Community and Raise Public Awareness
A Virtual Kick-Off Celebration will launch the Dystonia Zoo Day season on August 18th. Eight cities will host an in-person Dystonia Zoo Day: Portland (8/20), Toledo (8/27), NYC/Bronx (9/10), Boston (9/17), Pittsburgh (9/18), Cleveland (9/25), Los Angeles (10/1), and Twin Cities (10/2).
The event series will end with the 3rd Virtual Dystonia Zoo Day & Closing Ceremony on October 8th.
"Allergan, an AbbVie Company has a long history of partnerships with the DMRF, for which we are grateful," said Mark Rudolph, President of the DMRF. "Dystonia Zoo Days are special events because they foster a sense of community among individuals with dystonia and their families as well as increase dystonia awareness—all in a fun and celebratory atmosphere."
Dystonia is a chronic, often disabling, neurological disorder marked by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions that cause abnormal body motions and postures. Estimates suggest dystonia affects 250,000 Americans of all ages. Common signs include abnormal neck movements, excessive blinking, a breathy or strangled-sounding voice, muscle contractions and tightness in the hand, and/or a twisted foot. Although there is no cure yet, treatment options are available.
The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is the leading 501(c)(3) dystonia patient advocacy organization. Founded in 1976, the DMRF mission is to advance research toward improved dystonia treatments and a cure, promote education and awareness, and provide support resources to affected individuals and families. The DMRF can be reached at https://dystonia-
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation