July 14 - 21, 2014: AVM Awareness Week

WHEREAS, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare condition that affects approximately 300,000 American citizens; and,

WHEREAS, AVM is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, which bypass the capillary system, and this vascular anomaly is widely known because of its occurrence in the central nervous system, but it can appear in any location, and although many AVMs are asymptomatic, they can cause intense pain or bleeding or lead to other serious medical problems; and,

WHEREAS, the efforts of Kelleigh’s Cause, a charity founded by Kelleigh Gustafson, who suffers from AVM, in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, have been instrumental in raising attention and funds to support the research and treatment of AVM; and,

WHEREAS, a team of analysts has initiated research on AVM, with the goal of identifying a drug therapy to cure the disease; and,

WHEREAS, there still exists a need for greater public awareness surrounding this rare condition and increased attention to efforts to support opportunities for advancement in AVM research and treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 14 – 21, 2014 as AVM Awareness Week in Michigan.

Editor's Note: For more information on AVM, visit http://kelleigh.org/