August 2016: Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month
WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder that effects everyone the same way, but an umbrella term covering more than 52 different types of muscular and neuromuscular diseases ranging in severity; and,
WHEREAS, all muscular dystrophies result in progressive muscle weakness, from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and/or swallowing; and,
WHEREAS, more than one million individuals in the United States are affected by one of the different types of muscular dystrophy; and,
WHEREAS, there are more new drugs expected in the next four years than there have been in the previous five decades in the fight for a cure for neuro muscular disease; and,
WHEREAS, raising public awareness of these diseases will continue to facilitate the discovery of treatments and cures, as well as bring much needed funding to support and services for families in Michigan affected by muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases; and,
WHEREAS, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about muscular dystrophy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2016 as Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month in Michigan.