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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:

Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often debilitating, disease of the central nervous system that afflicts approximately 915,000 people in the United States; and, 

WHEREAS, it typically strikes young people in the prime of their life in their twenties, thirties, and forties; and,

WHEREAS, women are more likely than men to have MS by about two to one; and,

WHEREAS, symptoms can start as tingling, numbness in the limbs or nerves, loss of mobility, coordination and vision and progress to paralysis; and, 

WHEREAS, March is Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month, and it is important to have better education and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis so that victims can lead more productive and satisfying lives to benefit themselves, their caregivers, families and the entire community; and, 

WHEREAS, the exact cause of Multiple Sclerosis is unknown and there is no known cure; and, 

WHEREAS, every hour of every day, someone is newly diagnosed with MS; and,

WHEREAS, the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia (MSAV) provides programs and services for anyone in Virginia whose life has been affected by MS;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize the month of March 2022 as MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.