Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Courage and Persistence

The two most powerful weapons are courage and persistence. Nothing can stop a person armed with both. - Scott Sorrel

Armed with courage and persistence the advocates of the Dystonia Advocacy Coalition (DAC) have worked tirelessly these past few years and finally achieved our goal of having dystonia included on the list to be eligible for funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. This means, because of the efforts of our dystonia advocates, our researchers will have another source of potential funding – getting more dystonia research going! Dystonia advocates have walked the halls of Congress – meeting with Members and their key staff; met multiple times with Congressional Staff in local offices; and have written letters and made countless calls to make this happen – AND THEY DID IT!

The DMRF has proudly worked with advocates from the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, DySTonia, Inc., the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association and the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association for over four years to address the legislative and policy needs of the dystonia community. Congratulations to everyone who had a part in this. You have demonstrated that our working together – collaborating on this critical effort – makes a difference and we all have something to celebrate.

Please plan on joining us as we continue our fight for dystonia. The DAC Advocacy Day is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on May 5 with a training and orientation session planned for May 4th. We look forward to having you there.

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