Cri Du Chat Awareness Day 2016


WHEREAS, Cri-du-chat syndrome, also known as 5p-syndrome, is a condition resulting from an incomplete fifth chromosome; and

WHEREAS, cri-du-chat is characterized by intellectual disability, delayed development, small head size, low birth weight, and weak muscle tone in infancy; and

WHEREAS, cri-du-chat occurs in an estimated one in 20,000 to 50,000 newborns; and

WHEREAS, most cases of cri-du-chat are not inherited, and affected people typically have no history of the disorder in their family; and

WHEREAS, one of the goals of Cri Du Chat Awareness Week is to end the outdated misinformation given to families when their child is diagnosed; and

WHEREAS, children born with this rare genetic defect often require ongoing support from teams of parents, therapists, educators, and medical professionals to help them achieve their maximum potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 5, 2016, as CRI DU CHAT AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.