Katie Strid

August Hero of the Month:Katie Strid

Katie Strid, age 14 of Caribou, was diagnosed at age 11 with early- onset primary torsion dystonia (DYT1) a disease which causes uncontrollable movements of the muscle, abnormal twisting and tremors. Katie currently undergoes weekly physical therapy, medication treatments along with bi-monthly visits to a neurologist. She is also consulting with a neurosurgeon to undergo DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) a very risky surgery performed on the brain while awake. Katie is supported by her mother Shelly and her father Tony Strid, who lost a 10 year old nephew to this disease. Katie enjoys music, numerous television shows , books by Rick Riordin and despite missing 2/3 of her past school year managed to earn highest honors. Katie’s biggest wish is to spread awareness and educate others about Dystonia. To learn more go to: https://www.dystonia-foundation.org/

Katie was nominated by family friend Sam Landeen of Caribou and received $100.