Julie has taken up the challenge to Jump for Dystonia!
Dystonia is a little known brain disorder with no known cure. It causes pain and involuntary muscle contractions and can affect men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. Dystonia can affect just one part of the body or be generalised throughout multiple muscle groups.
Julie said: ‘I am delighted to help raise awareness of this little known brain disorder if this can help to combat the stigma and isolation felt by people with dystonia. Raising awareness can also be the key to earlier diagnosis and treatment that is why I supported Dystonia Europe’s Jump for Dystonia! campaign in Strasbourg.’
‘There is still a lot of misunderstanding about dystonia’ said Robert Scholten, president of Dystonia Europe ‘Dystonia is chronic but the majority of dystonias do not affect other brain functions. There is a lot going on and I am delighted Julie Ward MEP joined us in this exciting journey to work for improved public awareness of dystonia, better treatments, increased research and one day, hopefully a cure. Together we can make a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.’
Further details can be found at www.facebook.com/jumpfordystonia or at #jumpfordystonia