Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, pediatric stroke is one of the top ten causes of death for children according to  the American Heart Association, strokes occurring one in every 4,000  live births  and affecting 11 in 100,000 children annually; and

WHEREAS, between 50 and 80 percent of infants and children who have a pediatric stroke will have permanent neurological disabilities—including paralysis and seizures, speech and vision problems, and attention, learning, and behavioral difficulties— and may require ongoing physical therapy and surgeries; and

WHEREAS, the lifelong health challenges and treatments resulting from pediatric stroke inflict a significant financial and emotional toll on the child, family, and our community; and

WHEREAS, very little is known regarding the cause, treatment, and prevention of pediatric stroke  because stroke risk factors, symptoms, and prevention efforts are often different for children than adults; and

WHEREAS, increased awareness of pediatric stroke and support for further research will lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment for pediatric stroke, greatly improving the chances of recovery and preventing recurrence;

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