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April 2023: Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Antibody Disease Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disease (MOGAD) is a rare and relatively unknown autoimmune disease that currently has no cure; and,

WHEREAS, MOGAD attacks the central nervous system and can cause lifetime disability, including blindness and/or paralysis; and,

WHEREAS, The cause of MOGAD is still a mystery, and there are currently no FDA-approved treatments for affected individuals; and,

WHEREAS, When mistaken for other similar neuroinflammatory diseases, incorrect treatments can exacerbate MOGAD symptoms; and,

WHEREAS, Increasing awareness about MOGAD has helped improve overall detection, as doctors have become more likely to recognize the varying manifestations of the disease; and,

WHEREAS, The MOGAD community is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of this disease in order to promote research, improve patient care and outcomes, and ultimately find a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2023 as Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Antibody Associated Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.