“The mission of The Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation is to promote education and awareness of Dystonia among the general public and medical community; to advance medical research to ultimately find a cure, and to support the Dystonia Community at large.”
Our sincere gratitude to our 2018 Kites2Kure Donors – THANK YOU”
Our sincere gratitude to our 2017 “Kites2Kure” Donors – THANK YOU!
Kathleen & Ben Fowke $25,000
Land O’ Lakes: $10,000
Richard & Theresa Davis $10,000
NextEra Energy $9,000
Xcel Energy $6,000
Southern Company $6,000
Mortenson Construction $6,000
Invenergy LLC $6,000
The McDaniel Family $6,000
Ryan Companies $6,000
Berkshire Hathaway Energy $6,000
McKinsey & Company $6,000
Great River Energy $6,000
Exelon Corp $5,000
George & Laura Bilicic $3,000
Alan & Erika Hodnik $3,000
EIM (Energy Insurance Mutual Limited) $3,000
Geronimo Energy $3,000
American Electric Power $3,000
Duke Energy: $2,500
Edison Electric Institute: $2,500
Jeff & Mindy Cotton $2,000
Judy Poferl $1,000
Jane & Jim Ducharme $1,500
Minnesota Wild $1,000
Willis Towers Watson $1,000
Tom Farrell $1,000
Duane and Patti Ring $1,000
CenterPoint Energy $1,000
Chris Clark $1,000
Scott & Joan Wilensky $1,000
Kathleen Pierce $100
The Kampling Family $200
Tundraclick Web Solutions $200
Eileen Seydow $100
Allan & Roxanne Rudeck $100
Hornig Family $100
George Wegner $400
Greg & Carol Chamberlain $100
The Kelly Family $100
Tiffany Morrow $100
Danny & Kimberlea Nugaard $120
Timothy O’Connor $500
David & Emily Rudolph $100
Bob & Renee Seydow $220
Susan Vold $100
Photos and Video!
MEET the RESEARCH TEAM We’d like to introduce you to a few of the researchers who are working to find more effective treatments for Dystonia, Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Jerrold Vitek, MD, Ph.D. McKnight Professor| Head - Department of Neurology|...read more
The new Infinity DBS device provides targeted stimulation to certain regions of the brain in order to reduce tremors and alleviate symptoms from Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia and essential tremor. Read...read more
2017 Kites2Kure Dystonia Event Please join us for the 2017 KBSDF Kites2Kure Dystonia event at Historic Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday June 4, 2017 from Noon to 3pm CDT. Corporate and Private Custom Super Kites available for sponsorship to raise funding...read more
What are the Symptoms of Dystonia?
What Causes Dystonia?
When Do Symptoms Occur?Dystonia can occur at any age, but is often described as either early, or childhood, onset versus adult onset. Early-onset dystonia often begins with symptoms in the limbs and may progress to involve other regions. Some symptoms tend to occur after periods of exertion and/or fluctuate over the course of the day. Adult-onset dystonia usually is located in one or adjacent parts of the body, most often involving the neck and/or facial muscles. Acquired dystonia can affect other regions of the body. Dystonias often progress through various stages. Initially, dystonic movements may be intermittent and appear only during voluntary movements or stress. Later, individuals may show dystonic postures and movements while walking and ultimately even while they are relaxed. Dystonia can be associated with fixed postures and shortening of tendons.
Dystonia ClassificationsOne way to classify the dystonias is based upon the regions of the body which they affect:
- Generalized dystonia affects most or all of the body.
- Focal-dystonia is localized to a specific part of the body.
- Multifocal-dystonia involves two or more unrelated body parts.
- Segmental-dystonia affects two or more adjacent parts of the body.
- Hemidystonia involves the arm and leg on the same side of the body.
Primary dystonia is used to describe a case in which the dystonia is the predominant symptom, and the person is not affected by other neurological conditions. Secondary dystonia refers to dystonia that is associated with a known outside factor or condition (such as trauma, drug exposure, stroke, cerebral palsy, and others).
Currently, there are no medications to prevent dystonia or slow its progression. There are, however, several treatment options that can ease some of the symptoms of dystonia, so physicians can select a therapeutic approach based on each individual’s symptoms. In most cases, the type of doctor who is typically trained to diagnose and treat dystonia is a movement disorder neurologist. Otolaryngologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, physiatrists and ophthalmologists may also treat focal dystonias that fall under their practice and specialties. Learn about treatments….
Help Us Help ThemYour gift to The Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation will fund public and clinical awareness and education, research toward a cure, and dystonia community programs. The Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
“Yesterday I lived with a disability and focused on the things I can’t do. Today I live with a Thisability and focus on the things I can.”
Kurt B. Seydow, Dystonia Patient and Honoree