Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month


WHEREAS, according to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 2,700 live births each year and 12 in 100,000 children each year, with stroke being the sixth leading cause of death in children; and 

WHEREAS, between 50 and 85 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 place a significant financial and emotional toll on the child, the family, and our society; and 

WHEREAS, very little is known regarding the cause, treatment, and prevention of Pediatric Stroke — stroke risk factors, symptoms, prevention efforts, and treatments are often different for children — and only through continued medical research can effective treatment and prevention strategies for Pediatric Stroke be identified and developed; and 

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as PEDIATRIC STROKE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.