Monday, August 22, 2011: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Day

Date:  August 22, 2011  
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a  neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and muscle weakness due to the loss of motor neurons to the spinal cord; and,


WHEREAS, SMA is a genetically inherited disease with a wide range of severity that affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds that even in its most moderate form, limits voluntary mobility and functions such as crawling, walking and head and neck movements; and, 


WHEREAS, symptoms of SMA include difficulty breathing and feeding as an infant, frequent and increasingly severe respiratory infections and progressive weakness; with no cure, genetic counseling is recommended for prospective parents with a family history of SMA; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness of SMA in Michigan, and we encourage citizens to learn more about this disease, promote research toward a cure and support individuals with SMA living in our state;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday, August 22, 2011 as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Day in Michigan.