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WHEREAS, among the debilitating eye diseases that affect Nevadans and others throughout the world, Coats Disease is a rare retinal disorder that primarily afflicts infants, young children, and teenagers, but can affect adults as well; and

WHEREAS, Coats Disease can cause blood vessels in one or both eyes to develop abnormally, causing leakage of blood into the eye which produces a noticeable yellow glow in pictures and results in trauma, damage, partial or total blindness, or even removal of the eye without early detection, treatment, or surgery; and

WHEREAS, Coats Disease is a relatively unknown, and can be misdiagnosed by some in the medical community, even among retinal specialists; and

WHEREAS, Coats Disease is classified as an orphan disease, meaning there is little interest in developing treatments, yet the disease impacts thousands in the state and the nation; and

WHEREAS, the Nevada Coats community is committed to finding cures and treatments for this and other rare diseases through scientific, academic, and commercial endeavors and the Silver State can be a leader in promoting awareness, research, study, and cures for Coats' Disease; and

WHEREAS, Coats' Disease Awareness Day is an important tool for raising awareness among government officials, medical professionals, academic institutions, commercial ventures, and the public about this rare disease to enable early detection, advance scientific research and treatment capabilities, and eventually find a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim August 17, 2022, as

COATS’ DISEASE AWARENESS DAY 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 11th day of August, 2022

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