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Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month


WHEREAS, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a rare degenerative and terminal neurological disease, which has a distinct impact on each patient; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Institute of Health, MSA affects between 15,000 to 50,000 Americans, including many Virginians; and

WHEREAS, symptoms include problems with balance, coordination, gait, bladder and bowel functions, speech, swallowing, and breathing; and

WHEREAS, a multidisciplinary approach to MSA care includes physical, psychological, and financial support for patients and caregivers, including support groups; and

WHEREAS, there are some medications that treat the symptoms and some clinical trials for the development of improved treatment, much more research is needed for better management of the disease and ultimately, a cure; and

WHEREAS, increased education and awareness are needed to assist in accurately diagnosing MSA and to raise funds for research for treatments with fewer side effects and ultimately a cure; and

WHEREAS, March has been proclaimed as Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month in the MSA worldwide community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.