September 2015: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Although Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) is the most common hereditary neuropathy, awareness of its prevalence and effects remain dismal; and,

WHEREAS, CMT affects an estimated 1 out of 2,500 people in Michigan, and causes sensory and motor difficulties in the peripheral nerves of the feet and legs, as well as fine motor deficits; and,

WHEREAS, It can cause significant medical problems, including foot-bone abnormalities, pain, problems with mobility, and difficulty using the hands; and,

WHEREAS, In recognition of those in Michigan affected by CMT, support for better treatments and cures for this disease are sought after as well as further awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September, 2015 as Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month in Michigan.