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WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder that effects everyone the same way, but an umbrella 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, in Virginia, more than 2,000 individuals are affected by one of the different types of muscular dystrophy; and
WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy affects anyone, regardless of sex, age, race or ethnicity; and
WHEREAS, raising public awareness of these diseases will continue to facilitate the discovery of treatments and cures, as well as bring much needed funding for support and services for families in Virginia that are affected by muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases; and
WHEREAS, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about muscular dystrophy and issues these families face in their respective communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2021 as MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.