September 17 through September 23, 2011: Chiari Malformation Awareness Week

Date:  September 17, 2011  -  September 23, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, Chiari Malformation is a congenital defect of the brain in which brain tissue protrudes into the spinal cord causing symptoms including severe neck pain, problems with balance and fine motor skills, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech; and,


WHEREAS, Chiari Malformation is divided into types I through IV; type I Chiari Malformation is the most common form with symptoms typically appearing in adolescent or adult years, and type IV Chiari Malformation is the most severe and rare form characterized by a lack in cerebral development, typically obvious at birth or by intrauterine ultrasound; and,


WHEREAS, the exact cause of Chiari Malformation remains unknown, however it is believed that the condition may be genetic or associated with exposure to hazardous chemical substances, drug and alcohol consumption during fetal development; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we raise awareness of Chiari Malformation in Michigan, and we encourage citizens to learn more about this condition;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 17 through Friday, September 23, 2011 as Chiari Malformation Awareness Week in Michigan.