On Saturday, August 27, the 2nd Toledo Dystonia Zoo Day returned after a two year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was organized by DMRF supporter Kristin Cinglie. “It was an amazing day of raising awareness, connecting with old and new friends and growing our local dystonia support community!” she said. “I am humbled by the love, support, and generosity of so many that made this day such a success.”

Special guests included movement disorder specialist Mehmood Rashid, MD from University of Toledo.

WTOL Channel 11 helped increase dystonia awareness by covering the event.

Toledo is one of eight cities hosting a Dystonia Zoo Day in 2022. Upcoming in-person Dystonia Zoo Days will take place in: NYC/Bronx (9/10), Boston (9/17), Pittsburgh (9/18), Cleveland (9/25), Los Angeles (10/1), and Twin Cities (10/2).

The Dystonia Zoo Day season will conclude with the 3rd Virtual Dystonia Zoo Day & Closing Ceremony (10/8).

All team donations, for in-person and virtual Dystonia Zoo Days, will be matched up to $100,000 by a generous anonymous donor.

National Sponsors of the Dystonia Zoo Day program are Allergan, an AbbVie Company; Merz Therapeutics, and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation 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.