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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:

Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month

WHEREAS, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is a rare and relatively unknown autoimmune disease that currently has no cure; and

WHEREAS, NMOSD attacks the central nervous system and can cause lifetime disability, including blindness and/or paralysis; and

WHEREAS, the cause of NMOSD is still a mystery and there are few approved treatments for most patients with NMOSD, and no treatment for the remainder of patients; and

WHEREAS, when mistaken for other diseases, treatments can exacerbate NMOSD symptoms; and

WHEREAS, increasing awareness about NMOSD has caused diagnoses to rise, as doctors have become more likely to recognize the varying manifestations of the disease; and

WHEREAS, the NMOSD community is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of this disease to promote research, improve patient care and outcomes, and ultimately find a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize March 2023, as NEUROMYELITIS OPTICA SPECTRUM DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.