April, 2014: Limb Loss Awareness Month

WHEREAS, there are approximately 2 million Americans living with limb loss/difference;

WHEREAS, over 500 Americans lose a limb every day;

WHEREAS, 1,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital limb difference;

WHEREAS, studies show 60 percent of limb loss is preventable;

WHEREAS, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss;

WHEREAS, the number of amputations per day will double by 2050 unless a
major public awareness campaign is launched and key prevention initiatives put in place;

WHEREAS, the Amputee Coalition of America provides education, outreach, advocacy, and a National Limb Loss Information Center for the benefit of persons with limb loss/difference, their families, and health care providers; and

WHEREAS, April will be an appropriate month to designate as Limb Loss Awareness Month as spring is a time of renewal and inspiration; and

WHEREAS, we express our gratitude to caregivers who are a source of support and motivation, and salute combat amputees who have lost their limbs in service to this country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Michigan.