WHEREAS, there are nearly two million Americans living with limb loss or difference; and
WHEREAS, every day, more than 500 Americans lose a limb; and
WHEREAS, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and trauma are cited as the leading causes of amputation, with approximately 99 percent of cases being contributed to them; and
WHEREAS, studies show that up to 60 percent of vascular-related amputations are preventable; and
WHEREAS, the number of Americans living with limb loss or difference may double by 2050 unless a major public awareness campaign is launched and key prevention initiatives put in place; and
WHEREAS, access to appropriate prosthetic care for people affected by limb loss is vital to enable individuals to reach their full potential, live independently, and live well; and
WHEREAS, the Amputee Coalition provides education, support and advocacy through the National Limb Loss Resource Center for the benefit of persons with limb loss or difference, their families, and health care providers throughout the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2019 as LIMB LOSS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.