Governor LePage Proclaims April, 2014 as Limb Loss Awareness Month
April 1, 2014
WHEREAS, there are approximately 2 million Americans living with limb loss/difference; and
WHEREAS, over 500 Americans lose a limb every day; and
WHEREAS, 1,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital limb difference; and
WHEREAS, studies show 60 percent of limb loss is preventable; and
WHEREAS, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss; and
WHEREAS, the number of amputations per day will double by 2050 unless a major public awareness campaign is launched and key prevention initiatives put in place; and
WHEREAS, the Amputee Coalition of America provides education, outreach, advocacy, and a National Limb Loss Information Center for the benefit of persons with limb loss/difference, their families, and health care providers; and
WHEREAS, April will be an appropriate month to designate as National Limb Loss Awareness Month as spring is a time of renewal and inspiration.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize April, 2014 as LIMB LOSS AWARENESS MONTH throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.