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WHEREAS, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a progressive, genetic disorder that causes damage to the kidneys and the cardiovascular, endocrine, hepatic, and gastrointestinal organ systems; and

WHEREAS, PKD causes kidney function decline and is one of the four leading causes of kidney failure in the United States; and

WHEREAS, people who have chronic, life-threatening diseases like PKD have a predisposition to depression and are seven times more likely than the national average to experience thoughts of suicide due to their anxiety over pain, suffering, and premature death; and

WHEREAS, PKD has a devastating impact on the health and finances of people of all ages, and affects people of all races, genders, nationalities, geographic locations, and income levels; and

WHEREAS, insurance coverage, gaps in care and access to necessary treatments continue to lag for underserved communities in America, especially Black and Latinx populations; and

WHEREAS, PKD awareness empowers patients and families to seek diagnosis, support, and appropriate treatment;

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

POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE 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 19th day of August, 2021

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