2017 Narcolepsy Awareness Day


WHEREAS, narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, resulting in extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects an estimated one in every 2,000 people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of narcolepsy, especially when undiagnosed, can cause accidents, injuries, and problems with learning and working; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people neurologically, socially, and emotionally; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people of all ages, with onset typically occurring between the ages of 10 and 30; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to have chapter centers of the Narcolepsy Network, a national organization based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, created to promote awareness of the disease and provide support for those who suffer from narcolepsy; and

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate Virginians about the symptoms of narcolepsy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 11, 2017, as NARCOLEPSY AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.