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


Whereas Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases in the United States, affecting over 20 million Americans; and

Whereas It is caused by injury to the peripheral nerves, specifically the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves connecting the spinal column to muscles, skin and internal organs; and

Whereas The symptoms include weakness, numbness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet and muscle problems, which can progress slowly over several years or become quickly debilitating; and

Whereas The prognosis for those diagnosed varies, from very serious outlook to an excellent outlook; and

Whereas Through public awareness the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to provide an opportunity for all people to learn more about this disease, treatment and diagnosis options and to alleviate the suffering of the families afflicted,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 11-17, 2013, to be

Neuropathy Awareness Week

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 seventeenth day of April, in the year thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts