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WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, and the estimated number of people affected by Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. is one million with an expectation to more than double by the year 2040; and

WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the effect of the disease goes beyond the patient, and impacts caregivers, family members and friends; and

WHEREAS, research suggests the cause of Parkinson’s disease is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but the exact cause in most individuals is still unknown and there currently is no objective test, or biomarker to diagnose the disease; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of this disease vary from person to person and can include tremors, slowness of movement and rigidity, gait and balance difficulty, speech and swallowing disturbances, cognitive impairment and dementia, mood disorders, and a variety of other non-motor symptoms; and

WHEREAS, currently, there is no known cure or drug to slow or halt the progression of the disease, and available treatments are limited in their ability to address patients’ medical needs and remain effective over time; and

WHEREAS, until a cure is found, volunteers, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals are working to improve the quality of life of those living with Parkinson’s disease and their families; and

WHEREAS, with increased research, education and community support services, finding more effective treatments and providing access to quality care to those living with the disease today gives hope for tomorrow;

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

 Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Wayne Thorley