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

Whereas Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, affects more than one million people in the United States; and

Whereas Parkinson’s Disease is caused by the loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain. Over time, the cell loss continues and symptoms become more severe. It is unknown what causes this cell death; and

Whereas While there is no cure, current therapies, including medication and rehabilitation, aim to decrease the symptoms of the disease; and   

Whereas The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., founded in 1961, has sought to “Ease the Burden and Find the Cure” for this disease through research, patient and family services, education and sponsorship of 56 chapters, 62 information and referral centers, and approximately 1,000 support groups throughout the United States; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects of Parkinson’s Disease among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2012, to be,

Parkinson's Disease 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 twenty-seventh day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, 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