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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Vitiligo is an incurable autoimmune disorder of unknown causes that is characterized by white patches of skin, with a loss of pigment cells from the involved areas; and
Whereas Several diseases have been associated with vitiligo, including Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, hyperthyroidism, and lupus; and
Whereas Many Massachusetts residents suffer every day from the emotional effects of vitiligo as well as having to deal with health complications including the vulnerability of discolored skin to certain forms of skin cancer; and
Whereas Increased awareness of this disorder will enhance the chances of research geared towards development of better therapies and preventative measures for those afflicted,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 2013 to be,
VITILIGO 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 fourteenth day of May, 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