March 2012: Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that typically affects people in their 50s and 60s and often results in symptoms that reflect the loss of nerve cells in several different areas of the brain and spinal cord that coordinate muscle movements and control the autonomic nervous system; and,


WHEREAS, MSA symptoms include difficulty chewing and swallowing, slowness of movement, rigidity, sudden and frequent falls and disrupted sleep patterns; and, 


WHEREAS, though fairly rare, this disorder is one that presents social and medical hardships to afflicted individuals and their families; and,


WHEREAS, with no MSA cure and no current treatments to delay the progress of neurodegeneration in the brain, it is vital that during this month and in the future, we continue to raise awareness of MSA in Michigan; we encourage citizens throughout the state to support continued research and clinical care efforts in the fight against MSA;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month in Michigan.