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WHEREAS, Plasma Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of plasma donation and its impact on patients with rare diseases, to increase understanding about life-saving plasma protein therapies and the conditions they treat, and to recognize the contributions of plasma donors to saving and improving lives; and

WHEREAS, plasma-derived and recombinant therapies, collectively known as plasma protein therapies, are unique biologic products which save and improve lives of individuals throughout Nevada and the United States; and

WHEREAS, plasma protein therapies are used to treat many conditions including hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, primary immune deficiencies, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary angioedema, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and Rh negative pregnancies; and

WHEREAS, these therapies substantially increase quality of life, extend life expectancy, and improve patient outcomes; and

WHEREAS, each year, approximately 4,600 pregnant women in Nevada receive a plasma protein therapy to protect mother and baby from complications due to incompatible blood types, according to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association; and

WHEREAS, there are eleven plasma donation centers in Nevada, certified under the International Quality Plasma Program, where healthy and committed donors provide plasma that is used to manufacture high-impact, life-saving therapies;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the week of October 7 - 11, 2019, as

PLASMA AWARENESS WEEK IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 7th day of October, 2019

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