Congressman Levin Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Designating September 2019 as “National Dystonia Awareness Month”

September 13, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today introduced H.Res. 557, a resolution to designate September 2019 as National Dystonia Awareness Month. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes excessive, involuntary muscle contractions that result in abnormal muscle movements and body postures, making it difficult for individuals to control their movements.

Congressman Levin authored the resolution after learning the story of constituent Jason Dunn, who lives in Warren, MI. Dunn has lived with dystonia for over 30 years, and despite the challenges of the movement disease, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness.

“The first step toward finding a cure for dystonia is raising awareness about the disease. That’s why Jason Dunn’s work is so important,” Congressman Levin said. “Jason has shown astounding resilience through the challenges he faces with dystonia, and his story is a testament to how important it is that we work toward a cure. This September, we recognize Jason Dunn and the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who live with dystonia, and we recommit to finding a cure.”

Congressman Levin introduced the bipartisan resolution with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).

The resolution is supported by: Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation (BEBRF), Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), Dystonia Advocacy Network (DAN), National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) and National Spasmodic Torticollis Association (NSTA).