April, 2014: Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Sarcoidosis, a disease that affects many of our fellow citizens and people around the world, remains shrouded in mystery. Skin-related symptoms of this chronic, multi-system disease were first recognized more than 100 years ago; however, the effects of sarcoidosis on other bodily organs were not observed until the first quarter of this century. Today researchers are still trying to learn more about the cause and the nature of this affliction.; and,

WHEREAS, Sarcoidosis can strike people of all races and of all ages, but, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is most common among black Americans who are between the ages of 20 and 40. While no cause has yet been identified, it is thought that heredity predisposes some individuals to the disease. Intensive research during the past decade has not only supported this belief but also enabled physicians to diagnose and to manage sarcoidosis more effectively.; and,

WHEREAS, Today researchers at both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute are leading studies on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sarcoidosis. On this occasion, we recognize their work and that of other concerned physicians and scientists throughout the United States. We also salute the victims of sarcoidosis who demonstrate great courage and determination in their efforts to cope with the disease; and we pay tribute to their family members and to other concerned Americans who are engaged in grass-roots efforts to promote awareness of sarcoidosis, as well as improved treatment and support for its victims.; and,

WHEREAS, while some progress has been made in understanding Sarcoidosis symptoms and diagnosis, there is no known cause for the disease, reiterating the importance for continued research and education; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of Sarcoidosis in Michigan and support the research efforts of scientists and physicians as they support Sarcoidosis patients, and work toward improved treatments and one day, a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Michigan.