August 2015: Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder that affects everyone the same way but an umbrella term covering more than 9 types of muscular and 43 neuromuscular diseases ranging in severity; and,

WHEREAS, all muscular dystrophies result in progressive muscle weakness, from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and/or swallowing; and,

WHEREAS, more than one million individuals in the United States are affected by one of the different types of muscular dystrophy; and,

WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy strikes people regardless of race, sex, age or ethnicity; and,

WHEREAS, there are four times as many new clinical trials underway in the 1990s and there are more new drugs expected in the next few years than in the previous 5 decades in the fight for a cure for neuromuscular diseases; and,

WHEREAS, raising public awareness of these diseases will continue to facilitate the discovery of treatments and cures, as well as bring much needed support and services for families that are affected by muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases; and

WHEREAS, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about muscular dystrophy and issues in the muscular dystrophy community;

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