Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks

During this season of thanks, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported the DMRF and those we serve. Your efforts are deeply appreciated and allow us to carry out the organization’s mission. We could not do what we do without you.

We are grateful to our researchers and Medical & Scientific Advisors for the work they do to get us to that magic day when the DMRF is no longer needed because a cure has been found.

We are thankful to our clinicians who work so hard to help alleviate the pain and suffering dystonia brings everyone touched by this disorder.

We appreciate the tireless efforts of our support group leaders who work to meet the needs in their communities while providing a helpful hand to those managing every day with dystonia.

We want to thank the growing number of advocates who are working to have the legislative needs of this community addressed by our Federal and State Legislators.

We are grateful to those who have shared their dystonia story so that others can better understand what dystonia is and how it changes lives.

To anyone who has listened to someone having a rough day and offered encouragement or to those who were in a position to give a hug to let someone know they are not in this alone, we are thankful for your kindness and warmth.

We appreciate our donors who have placed their trust in the DMRF and who have allowed us to do the work we do. We value the pharma companies who work to produce therapies that, together with a treating physician, are bringing relief to many.

Finally, we appreciate our dystonia partners, the other Dystonia Advocacy Network Members – BEBRF, DySTonia, Inc., NSDA, and NSTA, Tyler’s Hope, our European partners – groups that the DMRF has worked with to advance our understanding of dystonia while working to meet the needs of those affected by dystonia.

This Thanksgiving we will be thinking about everyone who has worked to make a difference in the life of someone touched by dystonia. Thank you.