Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Chronic obstructive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema, afflict an estimated 35  million Americans; and

Whereas Chronic lung diseases are responsible for the deaths of 400,000 Americans annually; and

Whereas A healthy respiratory system is essential to overall health, and regular checkups, avoiding exposure to pollutants, and not smoking are all effective ways of avoiding lung damage; and

Whereas An increased awareness of lung health issues encourages further respiratory therapy education and research; and

Whereas Respiratory care practitioners contribute to the quality of life and delivery of health care in the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 23rd- 29th, 2011,  to be

Respiratory Care Week 

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 twentieth 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