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September 1, 2020: Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day

WHEREAS, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disorder that causes multiple cysts to grow in the kidneys, resulting in progressive loss of kidney function, and potentially high blood pressure, liver cysts, and problems with heart valves and blood vessels in the brain; and,


WHEREAS, PKD affects approximately 600,000 individuals in the United States and is one of the leading causes of kidney failure; and,


WHEREAS, there is no cure for PKD, as treatment is focused on managing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease; and,


WHEREAS, PKD can have a devastating impact on the health and finances of patients and their families, equally affecting people of all races, genders, nationalities, geographic locations, and income levels; and,


WHEREAS, being aware of PKD empowers patients and families to seek diagnosis, support, and appropriate treatment;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim September 1, 2020, as Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day in Michigan and call this observance to all the citizens of Michigan with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.