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WHEREAS, vitiligo is an autoimmune disease characterized by a loss of pigmentation from areas of the skin, resulting in irregular white spots or patches; and
WHEREAS, vitiligo affects approximately 1% of the population in the United States and can affect people of any age, gender, race, and ethnicity; and
WHEREAS, while vitiligo is not contagious and usually not painful, there are many psychological and social effects associated with this autoimmune disease; and
WHEREAS, there is very little funding for vitiligo research to better understand the condition and develop new treatments; and
WHEREAS, in March 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting on patient-focused drug development for vitiligo in order to meet the needs of the patient population; and
WHEREAS, since 2011, the month of June has been recognized as Vitiligo Awareness Month, and the United Nations has recognized June 25th as World Vitiligo Day; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2021 as VITILIGO AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.