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WHEREAS, stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 4,000 live births each year and the risk of stroke is 11 in 100,000 children per year, according to the National Stroke Association, with stroke being one of the top 10 causes of death in children; and

WHEREAS, between 50 and 85 percent of infants and children who have a Pediatric Stroke will have serious, permanent neurological disabilities, including paralysis, seizures, speech and vision problems, attention, learning and behavioral difficulties, and may require ongoing physical therapy and surgeries; and

WHEREAS, the life-long health concerns and treatments resulting from Pediatric Stroke can cause a heavy financial and emotional toll on the child, the family and society; and

WHEREAS, very little is known about the cause, treatment and prevention of Pediatric Stroke, and its risk factors, symptoms, prevention efforts and treatment are often different in children than in adults; and

WHEREAS, only through medical research can effective treatment and prevention strategies for Pediatric Stroke be identified and developed; and

WHEREAS, the month of May is an opportunity to recognize and support the efforts, programs, services and dedicated work of organizations statewide as they strive to enhance public awareness of Pediatric Stroke;

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

 Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month in Nevada

 

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