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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, has no known cause and affects approximately 2-3% of the population, or an estimated 7 million people in the United States; and
Whereas Scoliosis is a condition which strikes without particular regard to gender, race, age or economic status; and
Whereas The primary age of onset for scoliosis is between ten and fifteen with women being five times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment; and
Whereas Screening programs for scoliosis allow for early detection and for treatment opportunities which may alleviate the worst effects of the condition; and
Whereas It is appropriate that the residents of the Commonwealth recognize the issues faced by people with scoliosis and seek ways to increase research to find ways to reduce pain and suffering associated with the disease,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 2013, to be,
SCOLIOSIS 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 sixth day of June, in the year two 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