April 2019: Limb Loss Awareness Month

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

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

WHEREAS, approximately 2,250 children 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 that up to 60 percent of limb loss is preventable; and,

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

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

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

WHEREAS, April is an appropriate month to designate as Limb Loss Awareness Month as spring is a time of renewal and inspiration;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Michigan.