Former Vet Tech Celebrates Special Role of Dogs for Individuals with Dystonia

Dogs for Dystonia Walk Raises Awareness & Research Funds


Sheila Killham is a former veterinary technician whose career ended unexpectedly due to dystonia. The symptoms began with muscle spasms in her vocal cords which progressed to affect her neck, legs, and feet. The symptoms impact her speech, swallowing, and mobility. As dedicated dystonia advocates, Sheila and her sister Cheryl Kilham organized the Dogs for Dystonia Walk on August 25 in Marion, Iowa.

The annual Dogs for Dystonia Walk invites dog lovers to celebrate the important role dogs play in people’s lives, and particularly those impacted by dystonia and other disabilities. The Dog Walk is one of numerous events happening throughout the country to raise dystonia awareness and funds for research. Proceeds benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

Click here to view coverage of the event on KCRG TV.

Sheila also founded the East Central Iowa Corridor Dystonia Support Group in partnership with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to support others impacted by dystonia in the area.

Additional dystonia awareness events to benefit the DMRF are scheduled across the country. More information is available at

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

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