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Dystonia patient grateful for support in his fundraising endeavours

Dwayne Backer has raised $10,500 for Dystonia research
Dwayne Backer is sending out a big thank you to everyone who has supported him in his fundraising effort to help research into Dystonia. (Supplied)

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

Therefore, I'm saying a big thank you. 

When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us.

The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.

A big shout out to my relatives, neighbours, friends, business people, and last but not least, the service clubs in Valley East for supporting me in my 17th Dystonia Walkathon. You were all instrumental in my raising $10,500.

Without your generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness when I approached you for sponsorship, I could never have reached that amount. I’m humbled and very grateful. I'm overwhelmed and still amazed at your generosity. You know how to make a person feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Thanks for giving me that feeling.

The purpose of this Dystonia Walkathon is twofold: to raise awareness of this debilitating, spasmodic disorder and raise funds for research into this movement disorder.

Dystonia is a disorder that affects the nervous system. Improper signaling from the brain causes muscles to tighten and twist involuntarily. These muscle spasms force areas of the body into awkward movements and positions. Dystonia may be painful and interfere with daily activities. Dystonia is considered a ‘neurological movement disorder.’ It is a widespread disease, but one of the least known and is often misdiagnosed.

There is still no cure for Dystonia, but, thanks to research, great strides have been achieved in the treatment of the disease. I was diagnosed in the '60s and have seen steady advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.

There are incredible benefits of research in this field. Funds raised in this walkathon is money well spent. Ask me the difference between then and now! The road we walk in life isn't always going to be smooth, but we accept the bumps along the way to a better life. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Dwayne Backer