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WHEREAS, Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) is considered a rare genetic disease that is known to cause muscle weakness and wasting, most commonly the muscles of the shoulders, upper arms, pelvic area, and thighs; and
WHEREAS, LGMD affects both women and men, and signs and symptoms may begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 30 forms of LGMD, and new sub-types are being discovered annually; and
WHEREAS, while advances continue in our understanding of the genetic causes of LGMD, and research is ongoing, there is no cure or treatment; and
WHEREAS, Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day recognizes the patients and families affected and brings to light the need for further research and understanding of LGMD;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 30, 2018, as LIMB GIRDLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.