August 2016: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
WHEREAS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two, and 1 in 40 Americans carry the gene that causes SMA. SMA is known to cause degeneration in voluntary muscle movement for those that survive with the disease; and,
WHEREAS, SMA can strike anyone of any age, race or gender; and,
WHEREAS, awareness of SMA will lead to increased knowledge of and research for the disease as well as support for families affected, hopefully leading to a cure;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2016 as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month in Michigan.