August 2015: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two and one in 40 Americans carry the gene that causes SMA and SMA is known to cause degeneration in voluntary muscle movement for those that survive with the disease; and,

WHEREAS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy can strike anyone of any age, race or gender; and,

WHEREAS, increased awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy will lead to increased knowledge and increased support for both disease research and the families affected by the disease, hopefully leading to a cure; and,

WHEREAS, Patient Groups have named August as National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month in order to raise awareness and help promote research into this devastating disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August, 2015, as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month in Michigan.