Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas ALS known by many as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord; making even the simplest movements – walking, speaking, gesturing – nearly impossible; and

Whereas Approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States are afflicted with ALS at any given time, with 5,000 new cases appearing each year; and

Whereas Approximately 15 new cases of ALS are diagnosed every day, with a person losing their battle with the disease every 90 minutes; and

Whereas ALS strikes people regardless of race, sex, age, or ethnicity; and

Whereas Finding the causes of, and cure for, ALS will prevent the disease from robbing hundreds of thousands of Americans of their dignity and lives; and

Whereas Aggressive treatments of the symptoms of ALS can extend the lives of those living with the disease; and

Whereas For over 60 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) aggregate expenditures for services and research for ALS total more than $325 million; and

Whereas MDA leads the search for treatments and a cure for ALS through its aggressive worldwide research and MDA/ALS clinical programs including those at Massachusetts General Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center; and

Whereas Raising public awareness of this disease will facilitate the discovery of a cure, bring much needed dollars for support and services for families in Massachusetts dealing with ALS,

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2016, to be,

ALS Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take
cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of May, in the year two thousand and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

By His Excellency

Charles D. Baker

Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin

Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts