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WHEREAS, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is an uncommon neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells that control mobility, balance, walking, speech, swallowing, vision, behavior, and cognitive abilities; and
WHEREAS, approximately 20,000 Americans live with PSP, experiencing symptoms usually beginning after age 60, but in some cases as young as age 40; and
WHEREAS, there is currently no treatment, cure, or known cause of PSP, but some symptoms may be managed with medication or other interventions; and
WHEREAS, new treatments and therapies are being researched for the individuals impacted by PSP through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a component of the National Institutes of Health; and
WHEREAS, further research and awareness for PSP is critical, as people with PSP can become severely disabled within three to five years of onset; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is joining the nation in raising awareness of PSP, its impact on those living with this disease, their families and so those who have died from PSP will not be forgotten;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2021 as PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.