Proclamation

By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder of unknown cause, it is characterized by white patches of skin, loss of pigment cells and appears as a burn on darker pigments; and

WHEREAS, vitiligo affects approximately 3 million Americans and about 2 percent of the world population; it may be hereditary and is the most common disorder of skin coloration; and

WHEREAS, persons with vitiligo may also be affected by sun sensitivity, thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, Addison’s disease and lupus; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama joins Vitiligo Bond, Inc. and other interested agencies and organizations in promoting awareness about vitiligo in an effort to develop better therapies and care for those afflicted, as well as preventative measures:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2017, as   

World Vitiligo Day

in the State of Alabama.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 14th day of June 2017.

Kay Ivey

Governor