Williams Syndrome Awareness Month


WHEREAS, Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone; and

WHEREAS, Williams syndrome affects an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States and it is likely that as many as 60% of individuals with Williams Syndrome are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all; and 

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 and the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams syndrome as well as for doctors, researchers and educators; and 

WHEREAS, through its efforts, from raising public awareness, to funding critical new research, and providing valuable information and support to families, the WSA has improved the quality of life and futures of those affected by Williams syndrome; and 

WHEREAS, to generate awareness about Williams syndrome and raise funding for critical WSA programs and initiatives, the WSA has organized May as Williams Syndrome Awareness Month, which includes events all across the United States; and 

WHEREAS, the Williams Syndrome Association and the families and friends of those with Williams syndrome should be commended for their hard work, compassion, and courage for educating the country about this rare disorder; 

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