April 2017: Limb Loss Awareness Month

WHEREAS, there are approximately 2 million Americans living with limb loss/difference; and,

WHEREAS, over 500 Americans lose a limb every day; and,

WHEREAS, 1,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital limb difference; and,

WHEREAS, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss followed closely by trauma; and,

WHEREAS, studies show up to 60 percent of limb loss is preventable; and,

WHEREAS, the number of amputations per day will double by 2050 unless a major public awareness campaign is launched and key prevention initiatives are put in place; and,

WHEREAS, appropriate access to care for people affected by limb loss is vital to enable individuals to reach their full potential, live independently and live well with limb loss; and,

WHEREAS, the Amputee Coalition provides education, outreach, support and advocacy through the National Limb Loss Information Center for the benefit of persons with limb loss/difference, their families and health care providers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim April 2017 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Michigan.