April 2021: Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, skin-related symptoms of the chronic, multi-system disease sarcoidosis were first recognized more than 100 years ago, but the effects of sarcoidosis on other bodily organs were not observed until the first quarter of the 21st century. Today, researchers are still trying to learn more about the cause and nature of this affliction; and,


WHEREAS, while no cause has yet been identified, it is thought that genetics predispose some individuals to the disease. Intensive research during the past decade has  supported this belief and enabled physicians to diagnose and manage sarcoidosis more effectively; and,


WHEREAS, today, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are studying the diagnosis and treatment of sarcoidosis. On this occasion, we recognize their work and that of other concerned physicians and scientists throughout the United States; and,


WHEREAS, we salute the victims of sarcoidosis who demonstrate great courage and determination in their efforts to cope with the disease, pay tribute to their family members and to other concerned Americans who are engaged in efforts to promote awareness of sarcoidosis, as well as improve treatment and support its victims; and, 


WHEREAS, while some progress has been made in understanding sarcoidosis symptoms and diagnosis, the cause of the disease remains unknown, 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 an eventual cure;


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