Empowerment & Relief from Dystonia through Running

The 2nd Stomp Out Dystonia Run/Walk took place Saturday, September 22 in Beloit, Wisconsin to raise awareness and research funds for dystonia. The event is spearheaded by Jessica Lawler who has lived with dystonia since she was 10 years old. Ironically, Jessica feels some degree of relief from her symptoms while running. This inspired her to begin competing in 5K races several years ago.

Individuals with dystonia from across the region traveled to attend the event. “This was the first time they were able to meet people with dystonia,” says Jessica. “I know that God has a purpose for me to keep doing my Stomp Out Dystonia in this area. It was a huge success.”

The event was covered by the Beloit Daily News.

Dystonia causes extreme muscle spasms so intense they produce involuntary movements and postures of the body and limbs. When Jessica’s symptoms began as a child, her head started to lean to the right and her body curled into a fetal position while her limbs thrashed uncontrollably. She was unable to walk and required assistance from her parents with daily tasks. The dystonia progressed to affect her voice, vision, and swallowing. She was unable to drive or attend school. After many years of seeking effective therapies, a combination of oral medications and botulinum neurotoxin injections allowed her to reclaim her independence.

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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