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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families, communities, and economy; and

WHEREAS, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is an uncommon neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells that control mobility, balance, walking, speech, swallowing, vision, behavior, cognitive abilities, and quality of life; and

WHEREAS, approximately 20,000 Americans have PSP, with symptoms usually beginning after age 60; and

WHEREAS, PSP was first described as a distinct disorder in 1964 when scientists first published a paper distinguishing it from Parkinson’s disease; and

WHEREAS, there is currently no known treatment, cure, or known cause of PSP, but some symptoms may be managed with medication or other interventions; and  

WHEREAS, new discoveries are being made daily for PSP in the scientific community, specifically though the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a component of the National Institutes of Health; and

WHEREAS, further research on PSP is critical, as people affected 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 and its impact on families with loved ones who suffer from it; and

WHEREAS, those who are living with PSP and those who have died from complications due to PSP will not be forgotten;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize July 2018 as PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.