WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder, but it is an umbrella medical term covering more than 52 different types of muscular and neuromuscular diseases ranging in severity; and
WHEREAS, all muscular dystrophies result in progressive muscle weakness, from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and/or swallowing; and
WHEREAS, symptoms of muscular dystrophy includes pain in the muscles, abnormality of walking, permanent shortening of muscles, scoliosis, and fatigue; and
WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy strikes people of all races, genders, ages and ethnicities; and
WHEREAS, research has yielded newer drugs to treat 4 types of muscular disease: Duchenne, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, and Lou Gehrig’s - ALS; and
WHEREAS, raising public awareness of these diseases will continue to facilitate the discovery of treatments and cures, as well as bring other valuable support and services for Virginia families who are affected by muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases; and
WHEREAS, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month and Light it Up Green for Muscular Dystrophy Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about muscular dystrophy and issues in the muscular dystrophy community;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2018 as MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.