2017 Williams Syndrome Awareness Month


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; 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 that provides comprehensive resources for people and families living with Williams Syndrome as well as for doctors, researchers and educator; and 

WHEREAS, the WSA has organized May as Williams Syndrome Awareness Month, which includes events all across the United States; and

WHEREAS, through its efforts to raise public awareness, fund critical new research, provide 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, 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 2017, as WILLIAMS SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.