Williams Syndrome Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic developmental disorder that is present at birth, and affects many parts of the body; and  

WHEREAS, Williams Syndrome impacts an estimated 1 in 7,500 to 10,000 people in the United States; ad

WHEREAS, Williams Syndrome is characterized by medical and cognitive problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities; and

WHEREAS, the Williams Syndrome Association (WSA), founded in 1982, is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive resources for people and families living with Williams Syndrome as well as  doctors, researchers, and educators; and

WHEREAS, through its efforts to raise public awareness, fund critical new research, share valuable information, and support families, the WSA has improved the quality of life and futures of those affected by Williams Syndrome; and

WHEREAS, the Williams Syndrome Association as well as the families and friends of those with Williams Syndrome should be commended for their hard work, compassion, and commitment to educating our communities about this rare disorder;

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