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

Whereas X & Y Chromosomal Disorders are undiagnosed genetic conditions that differ from the normal sex chromosome pairings of XX for females and XY for males.  Due to a chromosomal mistake that produces additional X or Y chromosomes to the normal complement of 46, the resulting total of 47 chromosomes (or more) may impact a child's developing central nervous system and his or her body condition; and

Whereas Approximately 1 in 500 children in the United States have X & Y Chromosomal Variations that cause complex learning disabilities—including language impairment, motor planning deficits, reading dysfunction, and attention and behavioral disorders; and

Whereas Every day 20 children will be born with XXY, XXX and XYY chromosomal disorders and only 5 of those 20 will be diagnosed in their lifetime and receive appropriate treatment; and

Whereas Widespread misinformation about X & Y Chromosomal Variations may cause unnecessary distress to families dealing with such a diagnosis; and

Whereas With greater national awareness about the existence of X & Y Chromosomal Variations, children with these disorders can be diagnosed and provided with the syndrome-specific medical care and academic intervention they need; and

Whereas X & Y Chromosomal Variations Awareness Month will create public awareness and cooperative efforts among organizations and professionals with an interest in addressing the numerous implications that living with X & Y Chromosomal Variations can cause individuals and their families without proper diagnosis and treatment,

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

X & Y Chromosomal Variations 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 twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of Massachusetts

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth   

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts