May 2011:(ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month

Date:  May 01, 2011  -  May 31, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a very progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord; and, 

WHEREAS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS symptoms include muscle weakness in the hands, arms and legs, slurred speech and difficulty breathing or swallowing; progression of the disease may lead to patients becoming totally paralyzed and possible death; and,   

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 15 new cases of ALS are diagnosed every day in our nation, mostly affecting Caucasian men between the ages of 40 and 70 years old; and, 

WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of ALS in Michigan and the devastating effects this disease can have on patients and their families; we encourage citizens to learn more about ALS and support continued research for an ALS cure;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in Michigan