Cincinnati Zoo Walk Celebrates 5 Years of Fighting for a Cure


At the 5th Annual Dystance4Dystonia Cincinnati Zoo Walk on September 9, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) Executive Director Janet Hieshetter presented event organizer Melissa Phelps with an award to commemorate the event’s milestone anniversary. Hundreds of supporters gathered to raise awareness of dystonia and funds for medical research toward a cure.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Phelps. “None of this would have been possible without the inspiration and support from family, friends, and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself…. Believe me a cure is coming.”

Proceeds from the 5th Annual Dystance4Dystonia Zoo walk continue to be calculated, but cumulative proceeds from past years already exceed $116,000.

The Zoo Walk is one of several dystonia awareness efforts Melissa is spearheading in the community. The Radisson Hotel in nearby Covington, Kentucky was lit up in blue for dystonia in honor of the 5th Annual Dystance4Dystonia Cincinnati Zoo Walk and Dystonia Awareness Month (September).

September 28 is Go Blue for Dystonia Day in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Residents, schools, and business are encouraged to show their support by wearing and decorating in blue. The most creatively decorated business or home will be awarded a catered lunch courtesy of Raising Canes.

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