WHEREAS, Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), also known as Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalitus, is a rare and usually fatal viral disease characterized by the destruction of cells that produce Myelin, an oily substance that helps protect nerve cells, causing progressive damage or inflammation of the white matter of the brain and spinal cord at multiple locations; and,
WHEREAS, PML occurs almost exclusively in people with severe immune deficiencies, such as organ transplant patients on immunosuppressive medications, patients receiving certain types of chemotherapy, patients receiving certain medications for Multiple Sclerosis or Psoriasis, or patients who have HIV/AIDS, and,
WHEREAS, PML is caused by the JC Virus, which is normally present in 85 to 90% of the World's populace whom have had the Chickenpox, and kept under control by a healthy Immune System; Immunosuppressive drugs prevent the Immune System from controlling the JC Virus; and,
WHEREAS, Symptoms of PML include weakness or paralysis, vision loss, impaired speech and cognitive deterioration; and,
WHEREAS, The Courtney Project Incorporated is the only known Not-for-Profit 501 c3 organization established to educate & increase global awareness by establishing PML Awareness Chapters across the United States and other countries;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 6, 2014 Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Awareness Day in Michigan.