March 2018: Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the autonomic functions of the body; and,

WHEREAS, MSA is caused by degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in a part of the brain, which can result in problems with movement, balance and autonomic functions of the body; and,

WHEREAS, the symptoms of this rapidly advancing disease can occur in any combination, from loss of balance and coordination, fainting due to low blood pressure, swallowing difficulties, breathing problems, and rigidity and tremors similar to Parkinson's Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); and,

WHEREAS, MSA generally affects middle-aged men and women and advances rapidly with the progressive loss of motor skills and eventually confinement to bed and death; and,

WHEREAS, recent research suggests that up to five per 100,000 people are affected by the disease. Those affected rarely live past 10 years and there is no remission from MSA and currently no cure; and,

WHEREAS, increased public awareness helps build support for research towards a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month in Michigan.