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WHEREAS, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a nerve disorder that causes persistent, severe, and debilitating pain; and
WHEREAS, the symptoms of CRPS/RSD are often described as burning that is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury, including extreme sensitivity to the touch and abnormal inflammation; and
WHEREAS, while CRPS/RSD was first identified during the Civil War, it remains a poorly understood condition with no cure; and
WHEREAS, CRPS/RSD is designated as a rare disease, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as well as other institutes of the National Institutes of Health, support continuous research; and
WHEREAS, in November, members of the community will be celebrating the eighth annual Color The World Orange day in order to spread awareness of CRPS/RDS and to recognize and support those Virginia residents who suffer from this disease;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 1, 2021, as COLOR THE WORLD ORANGE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.