Syringomyelia Awareness Month

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, Syringomyelia, often referred to as SM, is a chronic disorder involving the spinal cord; and
WHEREAS, the condition occurs when cerebrospinal fluid (normally found outside of the spinal cord and brain) enters the interior of the spinal cord, forming a cavity known as a syrinx. Many individuals suffer from chronic pain and some will develop neuropathic pain syndromes and possible paralysis. This type of pain is difficult to treat. A large percentage of people with SM have severe headaches; and
WHEREAS, the need for widespread awareness and understanding for Syringomyelia is critical for meaningful research to continue so that the quality of lives is improved and a cure can be found. Unfortunately, at this time a cure is unknown; and
WHEREAS, The American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc. (ASAP), the oldest non-profit organization for Chiari and Syringomyelia annually celebrates May as the official month for Syringomyelia Awareness. ASAP will continue to provide support, fund research and educate the public:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, as
Syringomyelia Awareness Month
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