National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Week


WHEREAS, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause; and

WHEREAS, OI is caused by genetic defects that affect the body’s ability to make strong bones; and

WHEREAS, there are different types of OI with a range of severity from mild to life threatening; and

WHEREAS, because there is no cure for OI, treatment focuses on minimizing fractures, the surgical correction of deformity, reducing bone fragility, maximizing mobility and independent function; and

WHEREAS, although the number of people affected with OI in the United States is unknown, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases best estimate suggests a minimum of 25,000 and possibly as many as 50,000; and

WHEREAS, National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Week recognizes the medical professionals, family members, and volunteers who are committed to treatment and awareness of Osteogenesis Imperfecta;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 30 – May 7, 2016, as NATIONAL OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.