September 2015: Craniofacial Acceptance Month

WHEREAS, 1 in 500 children in the United State are born with cleft palate, with or without the occurrence of cleft lip, each year. The diagnosis of cleft palate, with or without the occurrence of cleft lip, is the most prevalent birth defect in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, The exact cause of cleft palate, with or without the occurrence of cleft lip, is unknown, however, research indicates that it is multifactorial in nature resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental factors; and,

WHEREAS, Children born with cleft palate, with or without the occurrence of cleft lip, undergo at least three operations by 12 months of age in order to correct their deformity; and,

WHEREAS, Cleft palate with or without the occurrence of cleft lip is not the only diagnosis recognized during Craniofacial Acceptance Month; other complex craniofacial deformities including, but not limited to Apert syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and craniosynostosis are also included within Craniofacial Acceptance Month; and,

WHEREAS, Apert syndrome affects 1 in every 100,000 children, and is caused by a single gene mutation which causes pre-mature fusion of the bones comprising the skull. Children born with Apert syndrome undergo an extensive surgery as infants in order to reshape their skull so as to not hinder brain growth and development; and,

WHEREAS, Crouzon syndrome, the result of a single gene mutation, affects 1 in 25,000 children, and is the most common craniosynostosis syndrome. Children born with Crouzon syndrome require an extensive operation to reshape their skull during infancy and may also require additional operations later in life; and,

WHEREAS, Children impacted by craniofacial anomalies require a team of experts in order to manage their care and to achieve the best outcomes; and,

WHEREAS, These teams work tirelessly each day in order to improve the lives of the children they serve and to bring awareness and acceptance of the craniofacial population in the great state of Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September, 2015 as Craniofacial Acceptance Month in Michigan.