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

 

Whereas Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare disorder that affects people of all ages and backgrounds and causes intolerable blood pressure levels in the arteries between the lungs and heart; and

Whereas In 2001, there were 3,000 PH patients receiving treatment from 100 PH treating-physicians. In just five years, those numbers had grown to an estimated 30,000 patients and 3,000 treating physicians; and

Whereas Without treatment, PH patients live an average of 2.8 years past diagnosis, but with early diagnosis and effective treatment, the disorder can be managed for twenty years or more; and

Whereas The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide hope for the PH community through support, education, and advocacy; and

Whereas Public awareness will lead to early more accurate diagnosis and research that will help us find a cure for this terrible disease,

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

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION 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 twenty-second day of October, 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