Eastern Iowans Walk to Raise Awareness for Dystonia

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MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Eastern Iowans along with their four legged friends gathered at Thomas Park in Marion to raise awareness for Dystonia.

The event is called Dogs 4 Dystonia. Dystonia is a neurological muscle movement disorder that affects 250,000 people in the United States.

Saturday, supporters walked with their dogs to raise funds and awareness. Along with the walk there were contests, demonstrations, a silent auction, and raffle.

Event Coordinator Cheryl Killham said it's important for others to learn about Dystonia because the disorder is often misdiagnosed.

"My sister has Dystonia and she was misdiagnosed, she was told to go see a psychiatrist. It took her a long time to have that, so we wanted to let others know what Dystonia is. Through this we've actually found a number of people who had Dystonia,and they didn't know there was a support system out there," Killham said.

This marked the fifth year for the walk. To learn more about East Central Iowa Corridor Dystonia Support Group visit this website.

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