National OI Awareness Week

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her lifetime; and
WHEREAS, there are different types of OI with a range of severity from mild to life threatening; and
WHEREAS, because there is no cure for OI, treatment focuses on minimizing fractures, the surgical correction of deformity, reducing bone fragility, maximizing mobility and independent function; and
WHEREAS, increased funding for education and research are needed to help find more effective treatments; and
WHEREAS, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is declaring May 6 – 13, 2017 to be National OI Awareness Week, board members, staff, medical professionals, and volunteers are joining together to focus attention on OI in an effort to increase awareness:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the week of May 6th through May 13th, 2017, as
National OI Awareness Week
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 1st day of May 2017.
Kay Ivey