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

Whereas Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, has no known cause and affects approximately 2-3% of the population, or an estimated 7 million people in the United States; and

Whereas Scoliosis is a condition which strikes without particular regard to gender, race, age or economic status; and

Whereas The primary age of onset for scoliosis is between ten and fifteen with women being five times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment; and

Whereas Screening programs for scoliosis allow for early detection and for treatment opportunities which may alleviate the worst effects of the condition; and

Whereas It is appropriate that the residents of the Commonwealth recognize the issues faced by people with Scoliosis and seek ways to increase research to find ways to reduce pain and suffering associated with the disease,

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

Scoliosis 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 sixteenth 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.

By His Excellency                 

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth   

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts