Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, approximately 1,275,000 individuals currently have a spinal cord injury. Every year, approximately 200 people sustain an injury in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and
Whereas Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of motor vehicle accidences, violence, falls, sport and industrial accidents; and
Whereas These injuries can cause a variety of disabilities, ranging from quadriplegia, a loss of movement in both the arms and legs, to paraplegia, the loss of movement and sensation in the lower body, to less severe restrictions of mobility; and
Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects of spinal cord injuries among all Massachusetts citizens,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2011 to be,
Spinal Cord Injury 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, sixteenth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts