October 2020: Neutropenia Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Neutropenia is a very rare blood condition that causes reduced or complete lack of neutrophils, a type of blood cell that defends the body against bacterial infections and serve as our body’s natural defense mechanism for bacterial infections; and,


WHEREAS, types of Neutropenia include congenital, idiopathic, cyclic and autoimmune, and the symptoms patients experience depend on the level of Neutropenia - the lower the neutrophil count, the greater the risk of infection; and,


WHEREAS, infections can be life threatening, and, therefore, it is important that the patient be seen by a doctor as soon as possible if the patient shows any signs or symptoms of an infection; and,


WHEREAS, the National Neutropenia Network has peer support volunteers that can offer support to those newly diagnosed, and the Network provides education through their website, newsletters, and biennial conference; and,


WHEREAS, it is important to support children, adults, and families in their journey to find answers and mutual support for Neutropenia through advocating, fundraising, or volunteering; and,


WHEREAS, we encourage everyone touched by Neutropenia to help educate those around them and support National Neutropenia Network efforts to raise awareness about this rare condition;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2020 as Neutropenia Awareness Month in Michigan.