May, 2015: Syringomyelia Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Syringomyelia, often referred to as SM, is a chronic disorder involving the spinal cord; and,

WHEREAS, The condition occurs when cerebrospinal fluid (normally found outside of the spinal cord and brain) enters the interior of the spinal cord, forming a cavity known as a syrinx.  Many individuals suffer from chronic pain and some will develop neuropathic pain syndromes and possible paralysis. This type of pain is difficult to treat. A large percentage of people have headaches, which can be severe; and,

WHEREAS, The need for widespread awareness and understanding for Syringomyelia is critical for meaningful research to continue so that the quality of lives is improved and a cure can be found. Unfortunately at this time, a cure is unknown; and,

WHEREAS, The American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc., the oldest non-profit organization for Chiari and Syringomyelia, will annually celebrate May as the official month for Syringomyelia Awareness. ASAP will continue to provide support, fund research and educate the public;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Syringomyelia Awareness Month in Michigan.