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WHEREAS, Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal wall, where it is not fully formed when a child is born and the abdominal contents are exposed to the outside of the body and vulnerable to infection; and

WHEREAS, the cause of Gastroschisis is largely unknown, and patients and their families work hard to educate the public and raise funds for research; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 2,229 individuals are born with Gastroschisis in the United States; and

WHEREAS, many Americans living with Gastroschisis have serious and debilitating conditions that have a significant impact on their lives, including failure to thrive or slow growth, short bowel syndrome, multiple organ transplants, and long term feeding issues; and

WHEREAS, individuals and families affected by Gastroschisis often experience a sense of isolation, difficulty in obtaining an accurate and timely diagnosis ,few treatment options, and problems related to accessing treatment; and

WHEREAS, Gastroschisis Awareness Day is an opportunity to come together in support for families and medical professionals and increase awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  July 30, 2017 as

 Gastroschisis Awareness Day in Nevada

 

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