Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day


WHEREAS, Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) is considered a rare genetic disease that is known to cause muscle weakness and wasting in the proximal muscles, particularly in the shoulder and pelvic area; and

WHEREAS, LGMD affects both women and men, and signs and symptoms may appear in children, adolescents, and adults; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 30 forms of LGMD, and new sub-types are being discovered yearly; and

WHEREAS, while advances continue in our understanding of the genetic causes of LGMD, and research is ongoing, there is no cure or treatment; and

WHEREAS, Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day recognizes the patients and families affected and brings to light the need for further research and understanding of LGMD;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 30, 2016, as LIMB GIRDLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.