Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Willis-Ekbom disease, also known as Restless legs syndrome, is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and a distressing, irresistible urge to move them; and
Whereas An estimated 10 million adults in the United States and millions of others worldwide are affected by Willis-Ekbom disease, a disease for which there is no known cure; and
Whereas Increased awareness and expanded knowledge of the realities of life with Willis-Ekbom disease will allow communities to better support people who struggle with the challenges of this condition; and
Whereas The Commonwealth and various groups around Massachusetts, recognize the importance of improved education, diagnosis, research, and treatment and urges patients, supporters, health care providers, and the general public to share information about this disease and available treatments, giving hope of a better future for people with Willis-Ekbom disease,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 23rd, 2013, to be,
WILLIS-EKBOM DISEASE AWARENESS 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-third day of August, 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