RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously voted to designate September as Dystonia Awareness Month at the September 5th General Meeting. Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco introduced IR 1854 to help bring recognition to the chronic neurological disorder. Dystonia causes uncontrollable muscle spasms in the body that can make movement unpredictable and painful. Over 300,000 people are estimated to be diagnosed with the disorder in North America. There is no known cure for Dystonia although some of the symptoms can be alleviated with treatment.
At a recent Medford Summer Concert Series event, which is jointly hosted by Calarco and the Medford Chamber of Commerce, money was raised to support the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Linda Tobin Davis was appointed as President of the Medford Chamber of Commerce earlier this year. She was diagnosed with Dystonia in 2009.
“Due to the efforts of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, and more specifically my board and the members of our community we were able to raise close to $1000 that is going direct to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. I was, and continue to be, humbled by everyone’s generosity and support,” said Davis.