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.

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