March 2017: Neuromyelitis Optica Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) is a rare and relatively unknown autoimmune disease that currently has no cure; and,

WHEREAS, NMO attacks the central nervous system and can cause permanent disability, including blindness and paralysis; and,

WHEREAS, the cause of NMO is still a mystery and there are currently no FDA-approved treatments for the disease; and,

WHEREAS, when mistaken for other diseases, treatments can exacerbate NMO symptoms; and,

WHEREAS, increased awareness of the disease has allowed doctors to become more likely to recognize the varying manifestations of the disease; and,

WHEREAS, the NMO community is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about this disease in order to promote research, improved patient care and outcomes so that a cure may ultimately be found;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2017 as Neuromyelitis Optica Awareness Month in Michigan.