June 3, 2015: Clubfoot Day

WHEREAS, the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti developed the low-cost, non-surgical, highly effective Ponseti Method which is now the globally recognized standard of care for treating clubfoot deformity; and,

WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of individuals, from every country, suffer lives of disability when not receiving proper treatment for this deformity; and,

WHEREAS, serious impediments to the delivery of the Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot include stigma and ignorance about clubfoot and lack of awareness that clubfoot is treatable using Dr. Ponseti's Method; and,

WHEREAS, the Ponseti International Association was established in 2006 to realize the vision of a "world free of untreated clubfoot deformity”; and,

WHEREAS, proclamation of a “world day” has been shown to be an effective means for drawing global attention to specific health problems and for promoting effective interventions; and,

WHEREAS, June 3rd is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 3, 2015 as Clubfoot Day in Michigan.