The retail sale of Dystonia Nation merchandise (t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, mugs, etc.) serves two purposes:
1) To promote dissemination of information about dystonia
Scarcity of public knowledge and understanding about dystonia is one of the main stumbling blocks encountered by people who are trying to manage the disease in their daily lives, and by those who wish to further the cause of dystonia research.
Dystonia Nation merchandise is designed to offer an informal way to bridge that information gap - to initiate discussions, or simply to let people know that this is an issue you care about, and would like others to understand.
Our web address is usually included in the design, so that people who are interested can find out more about dystonia through the information and resources provided on this site.
2) To generate funds for organizations that support dystonia research and services
By preference, Dystonia Nation would offer merchandise at cost to everyone who wants to help spread the word about dystonia, but every Zazzle.com sale pays at least a 10% "royalty" to the store owner. Since there is no way to eliminate this surcharge, we have left the royalty rate at the minimum 10%, and will donate all proceeds directly to one of the organizations listed below.
All proceeds from retail sales through the Dystonia Nation online shop will be donated to one of the following organzations:
American Dystonia Society
Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinsons Foundation
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation