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

Whereas Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles; and

Whereas Narcolepsy affects an estimated 1 in every 2,000 Americans; and

Whereas Narcolepsy is an under-recognized and under diagnosed condition; and

Whereas The symptoms of narcolepsy, especially when undiagnosed, can lead to accidents, injuries, and problems with learning, and working; and

Whereas Narcolepsy affects people neurologically, socially, and emotionally; and

Whereas Narcolepsy affects people of all ages, with onset typically between the ages of 15 and 25; and

Whereas The Narcolepsy Network is a national organization created to promote awareness of the disease and support for those who suffer from narcolepsy,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 8th, 2014, to be,

SUDDENLY SLEEPY SATURDAY

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 twentieth day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, 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