Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body; and

WHEREAS, scientists have classified neurofibromatosis into three categories; colon type 1(NF1) type 2 (NF2), and schwannomatosis; and

WHEREAS, NF1 is the most common neurofibromatosis, occurring in 1 in 3,000 to 4,000 individuals in the United States; and  

WHEREAS, neurofibromatosis can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, as well as excruciating and disabling pain; and

WHEREAS, prenatal testing for NF1 and NF2 exist, though testing for schwannomatosis currently does not; and  

WHEREAS, it is important to ensure that persons living with neurofibromatosis have access to lifelong care, and that research for treatment of neurofibromatosis continues;

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