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WHEREAS, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, also known as 22q13 Deletion Syndrome, is a rare genetic condition caused by a deletion or other structural change of the terminal end of chromosome 22 in the 22q13 region or a disease-causing mutation of the SHANK3 gene according to the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation; and

WHEREAS, is it important to accurately detect and test for Phelan-McDermid syndrome as this microdeletion is rarely uncovered by typical genetic screening; and

WHEREAS, although the range and severity of symptoms may vary, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is generally characterized by intellectual disability of varying degrees, delayed or absent speech, symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, low muscle tone, motor delays, and epilepsy; and

WHEREAS, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Awareness Day offers an opportunity for individuals, parents and advocacy groups to raise awareness and promote education that will help inform citizens about this rare disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  the day of October 22, 2018 as

 Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Awareness Day in Nevada


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