2nd Los Angeles Dystonia Zoo Day is Back on October 1, 2022

Family-Friendly Event Brings Visibility to Little-Known but Surprisingly Common Brain Disorder
Dystonia is the 3rd most common movement disorder.
Dystonia is the 3rd most common movement disorder.
LOS ANGELES - Aug. 23, 2022 - PRLog -- WHAT: Los Angeles is one of eight cities across the country hosting a Dystonia Zoo Day in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Proceeds benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). The purpose of this family-friendly day at the zoo is to raise awareness of dystonia and funds for medical research toward a cure. Fees are $25 for adults/$15 for children (12 and under) and include zoo admission, refreshments, and t-shirt, plus registration for the 3rd Virtual Dystonia Zoo Day & Closing Ceremony (October 8). National Sponsors are Allergan, an AbbVie Company; Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals; and Merz Therapeutics.

Dystonia is a disabling brain disorder characterized by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions that cause twisting, repetitive muscle movements as well as sustained postures of the body and limbs. There are many manifestations of dystonia that impact people of all ages and backgrounds. Conservative estimates state 250,000 Americans are affected and up to 70% are misdiagnosed.

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2022. Event begins at 9:30 AM. Rain or shine.

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo - Treetops Terrace, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

WHO: Los Angeles Dystonia Zoo Day is organized by Jacquelyn Coello, a member of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation's Community Leadership Council. Coello is a diagnosed with cervical dystonia, affecting the neck and muscles along the cervical spine. Cervical dystonia is among the most common types of dystonia and yet is frequently misdiagnosed due to a lack of awareness even among medical professionals. President of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Mark Rudolph will also be in attendance.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) 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.

MEDIA: For more information about Los Angeles Dystonia Zoo Day visit https://losangelesdystoniazooday.swell.gives/. For more information on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) call 312-755-0198 or visit https://dystonia-foundation.org.

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