WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder, but 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, 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, 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 2019 as MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.