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April 2019: Fabry Disease Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Fabry disease is a progressive, destructive, inherited disorder that causes children and adults to suffer with many symptoms that diminish their quality of life and may lead to premature death in adults due to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure; and,

WHEREAS, Fabry disease is caused by deficient activity of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A that results in harmful buildup of lipids in the body and cellular dysfunction; and,

WHEREAS, there is a treatment available, but the disease is severely under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed or is often not diagnosed until after irreversible organ damage occurs; and,

WHEREAS, Fabry disease is inherited in an X-linked manner and has been estimated to occur in about 1 in 40,000 to 60,000 males. As many as twice this number of females may be affected, but with more varied symptoms than males; and,

WHEREAS, newborn screening programs are revealing that many more babies are being born with classic and non-classic Fabry disease than historical estimates indicate; and,

WHEREAS, healthcare providers and families should be aware of Fabry disease symptoms and if suspected, obtain a GLA gene test that can detect the presence of this treatable disorder;

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