September 2021: Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Chiari malformation, a neurological condition first described by Austrian pathologist Hans Chiari in the 1890's, affects approximately 1 in 1000 people in the United States; and,


WHEREAS, Chiari malformation is a structural defect in which the cerebellum, the area of the brain that controls balance, extends through the opening at the base of the skull, which can create pressure and block the flow of cerebral spinal fluid between the brain and spinal canal; and,


WHEREAS, there are different types of Chiari malformation that vary in severity and symptoms; some affected individuals are asymptomatic while others may develop headaches, balance problems, dizziness, vision problems, muscle weakness, or swallowing difficulties; and,


WHEREAS, the exact cause of Chiari malformation is unknown, but scientists believe that environmental factors during fetal development and genetics may play a role; and,


WHEREAS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke supports research to better understand the cause of Chiari malformation and create improved treatment and prevention plans; and,


WHEREAS, on September 18, 2021, we will celebrate the annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America in Shelby Township, Michigan;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2021 as Chiari Malformation Awareness Month in Michigan.