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

Whereas Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, typically developing in young adulthood and for which no cure presently exists; and

Whereas Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 450,000 people nationwide, including 8,000 to 10,000 children and teenagers and over 11,000 individuals and families in Massachusetts; and  

Whereas Multiple sclerosis can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, and memory problems; and

Whereas The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter is committed to  
supporting individuals with Multiple Sclerosis through Home Links,  a care management, information and  
            referral program funded through a successful public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of  
            Massachusetts; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to inform citizens of the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 30th 2012, to be,

World Multiple Sclerosis Day

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-fourth day of April, 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