May 6-13, 2017: Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her lifetime; and, 

WHEREAS, there are different types of OI with a range of severity from mild to life threatening; and,

WHEREAS, because there is no cure for OI, treatment focuses on minimizing fractures, the surgical correction of deformity, reducing bone fragility, maximizing mobility and independent function; and,

WHEREAS, increased funding for education and research are needed to help find more effective treatments; and,

WHEREAS, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is declaring May 6-13, 2017 to be OI Awareness Week, and board members, staff, medical professionals, and volunteers are joining together to focus attention on OI in an effort to increase awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 6-13, 2017 as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Awareness Week in Michigan.