DMRF Canada: October 2020 E-newsletter
As social distancing rules continue to be part of our new normal, we remain committed to providing support for the dystonia community through online support group meetings, webinars and virtual fundraising. Thank you for remaining committed to our mission to raise funds for dystonia research, innovative treatments, and a cure.
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Dystonia Moves Me Bingo Challenge 
For this year’s Dystonia Moves Me Campaign, we held a Bingo Challenge. The “Dystonia Moves Me” Bingo Challenge" We’d like to congratulate the winner of the Bingo Challenge: Chantale Boivin!
Patient Voice 
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Thank you to @Patientvoice for sharing Janie's dystonia story. Patient Voice is a social media platform to increase conversation around early diagnosis, access issues, and innovation, while decreasing stigma around numerous disease areas through increased visibility. To read more click here
Donate a Car 
Did you know that you can help the dystonia community by donating your unwanted vehicle? Donate a Car Canada now accepts Vehicle Donations on behalf of DMRF Canada. Please click here to learn more and click here donate a vehicle.
#mydystonia&I Webinar Series 
During the month of September, DMRF Canada, in partnership with Merz Therapeutics, presented the #mydystonia&I webinar series that focused on empowering patients and optimizing patient treatment outcomes.
 Welcoming Our New National Director

DMRF Canada Staff update:

There are a few exciting changes happening at DMRF Canada!
We are happy to announce the promotion of Archana Castelino to the position of National Director, DMRF Canada. In this new role, Archana’s responsibilities include developing our long-term strategy and managing the day to day operations of the organization.
Stefanie Ince who has been Executive Director since 2015, will continue to support the organization as needed, while mentoring Archana in her new role.

Also, we are pleased to announce that we recently hired a part-time Marketing Coordinator: Jolie Tadros, thanks to a recent government grant supporting young Canadians in developing their skills. Our thanks to Employment and Social Development Canada 
DMRF Canada Announces Two-Year Dystonia Clinical and Research Fellowship  
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We are pleased to once again offer a two-year Clinical and Research Fellowship to support the training of exceptionally qualified physicians in preparation for their career in movement disorders with a focus on dystonia and a special competence in use of botulinum toxins.     
Dystonia Coalition Update 
For the first time, researchers have comprehensively defined the demographic and clinical characteristics of upper limb dystonia, a rare disorder that affects muscles in the arms, forearms, and hands. Powered by the Dystonia Coalition database, the Movement Disorders publication is the largest study of limb dystonia to date. The Dystonia Coalition is part of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, a National Institutes of Health-funded network designed to advance medical research on rare diseases.
Thanks to the Dystonia Coalition and the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) for permission to share this article.
Upcoming Webinar on Dystonia Treatments for Pain 
Thank you all for participating in the “Dystonia Patient Experience Survey” in September. Based on these results, we plan to host a webinar later this year, thanks to the support of Allergan, an Abbvie Company. Watch your inbox and this page for more details.
Do it for Dystonia 
Do you want to support the dystonia community? Need that push to try something new? Here is an opportunity to let yourself shine while raising funds and awareness for dystonia.
With this campaign, you’ll be tackling your own individual challenges, inspiring others, and raising much-needed awareness of dystonia! Support others who are doing it for dystonia here:  
Dystonia Awareness Month Successes 2020 
Throughout the month of September, we celebrated Dystonia Awareness Month. Thanks to your support, we were able to reach more people this year than ever before! Because of your support, our posts reached over 15 000 people online and helped to keep the community engaged throughout the month.
Save the Date- Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020.
Join the international movement dedicated to giving back! This year, our goal is to raise $1,500 in one day! When you support DMRF Canada on Giving Tuesday 2020, you’ll also be paying it forward by investing in future programs to better serve the dystonia community. By raising $1,500, we will be able to start the new year off right with an expert-led webinar in January 2021 centered on how to better cope with stress and manage your mental health.
Giving Tuesday is not just about donating money, it can also be about raising awareness about dystonia online. If you want to join our Giving Tuesday movement and become one of our online ambassadors, please email by November 24, 2020.
Upcoming Support Group Meetings 
DMRF Canada is proud to connect patients with support groups around the country. Click here to find a support group in your area. 
Below you will find upcoming support group meetings scheduled for November and December 2020.

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