Epilepsy Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and

WHEREAS, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures; and

WHEREAS, although epilepsy can occur at any age, it is most likely to occur among children younger than 2 years of age and among adults older than 65; and

WHEREAS, there are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS, though many people with epilepsy can lead normal lives, many are forced to live with uncontrollable seizures due to insufficient treatment options; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that all those affected by epilepsy have access to quality, affordable care, and that research continues to be strongly supported;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.