May 2017: Amoyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month

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 as well as 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. Studies show that military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as those who have not served in the military; 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 2017 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in Michigan.