4th St Louis Dystonia Zoo Walk Raises Awareness & Funds for Research


On Sunday August 26, St Louis was the latest of 13 cities across the country to host a Dystonia Zoo Walk this year. The event was spearheaded by June Tritley of Belleville, Illinois. June became a tireless dystonia advocate after the diagnosis of her two young sons, Scott and Quintyn. Sponsors of the St Louis Zoo Walk included Allergan, Ipsen, Merz Pharmaceuticals, and US WorldMeds.

Guest speakers included Pam Wheatley, who shared her experience with cervical dystonia, and Dr. Joel Perlmutter, Head of the Movement Disorders Section at Washington University and member of the DMRF Medical & Scientific Advisory Council.

“Sophia’s Squad” was the largest team, with nearly 80 participants. The team was assembled in honor of 10-year-old Sophia Hernandez who had deep brain stimulation surgery in July.

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 connecting with others in the dystonia community and promoting awareness. Additional Dystonia Zoo Walks to benefit the DMRF are scheduled across the country. More information about these and additional DMRF events is available at www.dystonia-foundation.org/events.

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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