April 2021: Limb Loss Awareness Month

WHEREAS, according to Amputee Coalition, there are approximately two million Americans living with limb loss and limb difference; and,


WHEREAS, over 500 Americans lose a limb every day; and,


WHEREAS, approximately 1,000 children are born each year in the United States with congenital limb difference, and 600 children lose a limb to a lawn mower accident every summer; and,


WHEREAS, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss followed closely by trauma; and,


WHEREAS, studies show that up to 60 percent of limb loss could be prevented; and,


WHEREAS, the number of amputations per day will double by the year 2050 unless key prevention initiatives are put in place; and,


WHEREAS, access to appropriate prosthetic care for people living with limb loss is vital to empower individuals to reach their full potential and to live independently and well; and,


WHEREAS, the Amputee Coalition provides education, outreach, support, and advocacy through the National Limb Loss Resource Center for the benefit of individuals with limb loss and limb difference, their families, and health care providers throughout the United States; and,


WHEREAS, April is designated as Limb Loss Awareness Month as spring is a time of renewal and inspiration;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Michigan.