June 2021: Scleroderma Awareness Month

WHEREAS, scleroderma is a group of rare diseases that involve hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues; and,

 

WHEREAS, according to the Scleroderma Foundation, approximately 300,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with scleroderma; and,

 

WHEREAS, scleroderma may affect the skin, blood vessels, internal organs, and the digestive tract, and the signs and symptoms vary for each type of scleroderma; and,

 

WHEREAS, scleroderma affects women more often than men and most commonly occurs between the ages of 25 and 55; and,

 

WHEREAS, while there currently is no cure, a variety of treatments can ease symptoms and improve the quality of life; and,

 

WHEREAS, The Scleroderma Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through scleroderma education and awareness and works to lessen the suffering related to this disease through research, service, and patient family support; and,

 

WHEREAS, this day is designated to raise public awareness of scleroderma, provide support to patients and their families, and to promote more research to find improved treatments and eventually a cure;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Scleroderma Awareness Month in Michigan.