June 5-11, 2017: Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, debilitating, non-contagious skin disease with severe quality of life impact, for which there is no known cure; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to the largest HS clinic in the United States, with over 1,200 patients in the Department of Dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit; and,

WHEREAS, Hope for HS, supported by Henry Ford Hospital Department of Dermatology and by the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, was founded in Detroit in 2013 with a mission to educate, advocate and support; and,

WHEREAS, recent research shows that those with HS experience an average of a 7 year delay to achieve a diagnosis. This is due in part to the lack of awareness surrounding this disease, both by those affected and by medical providers; and,

WHEREAS, during this week we join with the members of Hope for HS and the entire HS community to raise awareness of this disease, educate the community to recognize the characteristics of HS, correct misconceptions, and help reduce the amount of time it takes to receive the appropriate diagnosis and treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 5-11, 2017 as Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week in Michigan.