May, 2015: Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

WHEREAS, stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 1600 to 4000 live births each year and in 12 in 100,000 children per year, with stroke being the sixth leading cause of death in children; and,

WHEREAS, between 50 and 85 percent of infants and children who have a Pediatric Stroke will have serious, permanent neurological disabilities, including paralysis, seizures, speech and vision problems, attention, learning and behavioral difficulties, and may require ongoing physical therapy and surgeries; and,

WHEREAS, the life-long health concerns and treatments resulting from Pediatric Stroke result in a heavy financial and emotional toll on the child, the family, and society; and,

WHEREAS, very little is known about the cause, treatment and prevention of Pediatric Stroke; Pediatric Stroke risk factors, symptoms, prevention efforts, and treatment are often different in children than in adults; only through medical research can effective treatment and prevention strategies for Pediatric Stroke be identified and developed;

WHEREAS, an early diagnosis and commencement of treatment of Pediatric Stroke greatly improves chances of recovery and prevention of recurrence;

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