This is What Happens When a Bunch of People Randomly Jump in Public

Beginning last year, Dystonia Europe launched a campaign that called people to do one thing: JUMP!

Goats jumping
For a little inspiration….Source: Tumblr

Participants were challenged to JUMP for Dystonia, and throughout the past several months, all kinds of photos have been collected at congresses and meetings to bring awareness to the disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, dystonia is a disorder that’s characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow, repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Though dystonia can take on several different forms, the cause, for the majority of cases, remains unknown.

The JUMP campaign has three pieces of information it wants people to remember:

1. Dystonia is a brain disorder.

2. Dystonia causes involuntary muscle contractions, and

3. Dystonia affects millions of people worldwide.

In the same way that a “JUMP” can be uncontrolled, dystonia can be too. So, why not use a simple jump to spread awareness? This campaign invites everybody—patients, friends, family, the general public—to join in the movement. And if you’re not able to jump, get creative and just move.

It’s that easy. Take a photo and upload it to the “Jump for Dystonia” Facebook page. There, participants can decide whether or not they’d like to be part of the contest—the photo with the most votes can have the opportunity to skydive. Or, for those who prefer the ground, just upload your photo to the JUMP page and support the campaign!

Okay, so what’s the point?

The campaign wants to collect as many photos of people jumping as possible, and through social media, those photos can spread the word about dystonia. One jump at a time.

The featured image is credited to the Jump for Dystonia Facebook page.

Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash, born and bred in Charleston, South Carolina, likes to think she’s sweet as tea. Passionate for people, stories, and a little bit of glitter, she has an especially soft spot for patients and their journeys. A writer with true disdain for clichés, Winnie catches every detail of a story—intently listening—craving the next word. Some may call it nosiness, but to her, it’s just wholesome curiosity.

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