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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:

Epilepsy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring, unprovoked seizures; and,

WHEREAS, seizures are sudden surges of abnormal and excessive electrical activity in the brain which can affect how you act or appear; and,

WHEREAS, epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the world; and,

WHEREAS, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives; and,

WHEREAS, in Virginia, there are approximately 85,000 individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and over 11,000 of them are children; and,

WHEREAS, people with epilepsy have a three times higher risk of mortality such as SUDEP, epilepticus, suicide and drowning; and,

WHEREAS, having epilepsy can affect your safety, relationships, driving and so much more; and,

WHEREAS, despite challenges, people with epilepsy can live happy, healthy, and productive lives with proper medical care and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, during Epilepsy Awareness Month, citizens are encouraged to learn more about this neurological disorder and raise money to promote epilepsy research, prevention, treatment, and cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize November 2022 as EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.