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


Whereas Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is an inherited disorder of the peripheral nervous system described by loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body; and

Whereas This disease is one of the most commonly inherited neurological disorders affecting about 1 in 2,500 people; and

Whereas A diagnosis of this disease can be found through symptoms, by measuring the speed of nerve impulses, or through DNA testing, which can give a more definitive diagnosis; and

Whereas There is no cure for this disease, although physical therapy and bracing can be used to correct CMT problems along with surgery procedures which may help to provide stability; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes September 2013 as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) awareness month, to increase awareness of the obstacles faced by the individuals and families of those affected by this disorder and to work towards finding a cure,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2013, to be,


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 eighteenth day in September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts