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WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal, neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles; and

WHEREAS, ALS does not affect a person’s ability to see, smell, taste, hear or recognize touch; and

WHEREAS, as many as 20,000 people in the United States have ALS, and an estimated 6,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year and its cause is unknown and no cure currently exists; and

WHEREAS, approximately 250 people living in Nevada are currently diagnosed with ALS; and

WHEREAS, military veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as those that have not served in the military; and

WHEREAS, the month of May is an opportunity to come together with patients, families, caregivers and medical professionals to lend support and enhance awareness in order to reach the goal of ending ALS;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 2018 as

 ALS Awareness Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson