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WHEREAS, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the U.S., 216 of whom call Nevada their home; and

WHEREAS, cystic fibrosis is triggered by severe lung infections that obstruct the pancreas, preventing digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and absorb food; and

WHEREAS, more than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene, the disease occurs in approximately one of every 3,500 live births in the United States, and the number of adults with cystic fibrosis has steadily grown, and approximately 1,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed each year; and

WHEREAS, infant blood screening to detect genetic defects is the most reliable and least costly method to identify persons likely to have the disease and early diagnosis of cystic fibrosis permits early treatment and enhances quality of life and longevity; and

WHEREAS, there are world-class treatment centers in Nevada that specialize in the diagnosis of and the care of persons with cystic fibrosis, and a critical component of treating patients with cystic fibrosis includes access to innovative treatments that can play a crucial role in the lives of patients; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is committed to promoting the health and welfare of all citizens of the Silver State and supports efforts to raise public awareness to improve the length and quality of life for people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2021, as

CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH 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 28th day of April 2021

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