May, 2014: Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Dandy-Walker Syndrome is a congenital birth defect of the brain estimated to occur in one case per every 2,500 to 5,000 live births; however, this is likely a significant underestimate because of difficulties diagnosing the syndrome; and,

WHEREAS, patients with Dandy-Walker Syndrome present with developmental delay, enlarged head circumference, or signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus; causing pain and trauma for those with the disease and their families; and,

WHEREAS, The Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization, is the only national organization dedicated to raising public awareness about this disease through education, informational activities and non-partisan research; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan encourages all Americans to learn about Dandy-Walker Syndrome and hydrocephalus and recognize the achievements of all Americans with a disability, the important role that disabled Americans played throughout the entire history of the United States, and the scientific, literary, and social impact of disabled Americans on our world today.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May, 2014 as Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month in Michigan.