Dystonia Zoo Walks
Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. Opposing muscles often contract simultaneously as if they are ‘competing’ for control of a body part. These involuntary contractions force the body into repetitive and twisting movements and irregular postures. There are multiple forms of dystonia and the disorder affects children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
Dystonia Zoo Walks are unique events with a “twist” on traditional charity walks. Dystonia Zoo Walks do not have a formal walking course – in fact participants don’t have to walk at all. Dystonia Zoo Walks are family-friendly community events to raise awareness of dystonia, a little-known neurological disorder, and to support the work of the DMRF. Participant teams at Zoo Walks represent families impacted by dystonia, their friends and colleagues, and local healthcare institutions. Participants enjoy festivities directed to a family audience and then are free to enjoy the zoo at their leisure, raising awareness with their t-shirts. Each event features refreshments and educational opportunities in a fun festival atmosphere. The walks raise awareness of this disorder and funds for research in communities across the country.