Pat Brogan Continues Mission to Find a Cure

12/27/16

Former college basketball coach Pat Brogan continues his mission of raising awareness and research funds for dystonia, which he has lived with for 15 years. Pat is competed in the Berwick "Run for the Diamonds" 9-miler on Thanksgiving Day and Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon in December. Every donor who supported him with a donation to the DMRF had their name printed on his jersey at both races. Brogan was be easy to spot on race days in his “Running for Those who Can’t” singlet and bouncing a tennis ball, a sensory trick that helps control his gait and balance.

Pat’s 12th Annual Help Find A Cure 4 Dystonia fundraiser took place December 17 at Smoke Rings Cigar Bar, Hazleton, PA. The event raised over $5,000 and the The Lagler Family/ADP of Allentown are generously matching the amount, bringing the total to more than $11,000. Proceeds support DMRF efforts to find a cure. This annual event has raised a total of $190,000+ in support of urgently-needed dystonia research and programs.

Pat is a former college basketball coach and endurance athlete whose life changed forever in 2001 after a hit-and-run collision while training for a triathlon. Miraculously, he survived the accident, sustaining a concussion, brain and spine trauma, and severe skin lacerations. This trauma triggered the onset of dystonia which manifested as powerful, excruciating muscle spasms in his neck. The dystonia was not diagnosed until 2003. He has since endured multiple brain surgeries, weathered dangerous infections, and has dedicated his life to advocating on behalf of the dystonia community. His experience was featured in the independent documentary film, Twisted.

More information about Brogan’s online campaign can be found at: https://www.dystonia-foundation.org/pat-brogan

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. The DMRF can be reached at 800-377-3978 or www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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