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

Whereas 4P-/Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder caused by a genetic error or a shortening on chromosome four; and

Whereas Children with 4p- syndrome are usually born with low birth weight and develop slowly, both cognitively and physically, compared to their same-age peers, and can experience additional medical complications while; and

Whereas It is estimated that approximately 1,000 individuals in the United States have 4p- syndrome, though it is thought that many cases remain undiagnosed; and

Whereas The Commonwealth seeks to raise awareness of 4P-/Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome in order to help improve early diagnosis and facilitate a greater understanding across Massachusetts,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 16th, 2014, 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 thirty-first day of March, 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