Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder that affects everyone the same way, but it is an umbrella medical term covering more than 52 different types of muscular and neuromuscular diseases ranging in severity; and

WHEREAS, all muscular dystrophies result in progressive muscle weakness, from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and/or swallowing; and

WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy strikes people of all races, genders, ages and ethnicities; and

WHEREAS, raising public awareness of these diseases will continue to facilitate the discovery of treatments and cures, as well as bring much needed funding for support and services for Virginia families who are affected by muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases; and

WHEREAS, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness  month and Light it Up Green for Muscular Dystrophy month is a special opportunity to educate the public about muscular dystrophy and issues in the muscular dystrophy community; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Executive Mansion will participate in Light it Up Green on August 4, 2016;

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