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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues including the skin, joints, blood vessels, gut, and many other organs and tissues; and

WHEREAS, EDS is a chronic, life-long condition that affects more than one in 5000 people of all ages, races, and genders; and

WHEREAS, hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) is diagnosed when the musculoskeletal complications of joint hypermobility and joint instability (ease of injury, joint pain, and dislocations, for example) arise in a person who does not have the defining features of an underlying syndrome such as EDS or other heritable disorders of the connective tissue; and

WHEREAS, in addition, several related disorders are observed in some people with EDS and with HSD adding complexity to the presentation of the condition and its management; and

WHEREAS, a network of EDS and HSD support groups helps connect those managing life with these conditions as well as better educates the health care community and the public; and

WHEREAS, early and accurate diagnosis can provide the opportunity to create life-saving medical plans and improve quality of life; and

WHEREAS, there is currently no treatment or known cure for the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders; and

WHEREAS, further medical research and awareness can bring hope for treatment and a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 2023, as EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROMES AND HYPERMOBILITY SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.