WHEREAS, Trisomy Awareness Month is observed to encourage citizens to increase their awareness of Trisomy, a genetic disorder that deeply affects families; and
WHEREAS, trisomy is the presence within a person’s cells of a single extra chromosome, yielding a total of three chromosomes instead of a pair; and
WHEREAS, as a type of aneuploidy, trisomy can occur with any of the 23 pairs of chromosomes individuals have; and
WHEREAS, the most common trisomies in newborns are trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome); and
WHEREAS, local support groups, medical professionals, and online communities offer education, encouragement, and counseling for those managing trisomy pregnancies or raising trisomy-affected children; and
WHEREAS, Trisomy Awareness Month is an opportunity for Virginians to educate themselves on all forms of trisomy, support families currently experiencing trisomy, and participate in helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as TRISOMY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.