Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily and is also known as “brittle bone disease”; and
Whereas A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her life time; and
Whereas The number of Americans affected with OI is thought to be 25,000-50,000; and
Whereas Approximately 35% of children with OI are born into a family with no family history of OI, and usually as a result of a new mutation to a gene and not by anything the parents did before or during pregnancy; and
Whereas Treatment focuses on minimizing fractures, maximizing mobility, maximizing independent function and general health and include physical therapy, safe exercise such as swimming, and the use of casts or braces as needed; and,
Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to increase an understanding and awareness of Osteogenesis imperfect in order to properly diagnose and treat individuals affected by this disorder,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2013, to be,
MASSACHUSETTS WISHBONE 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 seventeenth day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth