Resolution J835-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 11-17, 2013, as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in the State of New York

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  • Mar 14, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 14, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 11-17, 2013, as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in  the
State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
weeks that are set aside to increase awareness of serious illnesses that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 11-17, 2013, as Multiple
Sclerosis Awareness Week in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, New Yorkers place  the  highest  priority  on  health-related
issues,  including  the  various  forms  of auto-immune and neurological
conditions striking people of all ages, and one of the most prevalent is
multiple sclerosis (MS), which affects more than 400,000 Americans, with
an estimated 10,400 new cases diagnosed each year; and
  WHEREAS, The combined impact of the four types of  MS  challenges  the
lives  of  not  only  those diagnosed with the condition, but also their
friends, family and caregivers, adding  significant  health  care  costs
over the person's lifetime; and
  WHEREAS,  A  number  of  non-profit  health organizations, such as the
National MS Society, are dedicated to the ultimate goal  of  eradicating
multiple  sclerosis  and  to  serving  those  currently  living with the
disease; and
  WHEREAS, The National MS Society is steadfast in its efforts  to  find
cures  for the disease through medical research, voluntary contributions
and public support; in New York State, the Society  serves  over  34,000
people  living  with  MS  by  maintaining offices in Albany, Binghamton,
Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Westchester County, Long  Island  and  New
York  City  to carry out its compassionate work on behalf of individuals
with the disease and to assist their family members; and
  WHEREAS, Today, of the approximately 400,000 Americans diagnosed  with
MS,  most  are  between 20 and 50 years of age, making it the number one
disabling condition among young adults, and New York State is  committed
to  eliminating  all auto-immune and neurological conditions, supporting
further medical research, and  making  quality  medical  treatment  more
available; and
  WHEREAS, Recognizing that good health is key to a long, productive and
fulfilling  live,  this  Legislative  Body encourages private efforts to
advance research and education programs that  address  MS,  and  support
observances  that raise public awareness concerning such critical health
matters as multiple sclerosis, with hopes of eliminating  all  forms  of
this devastating disease; and
  WHEREAS,  Many  New Yorkers have been diagnosed with this debilitating
disease; this Legislative Body recognizes the vital  importance  of  the
National  MS  Society in providing excellence in care through awareness,
education and treatment, and its evident  commitment  to  this  mission;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 11-17,  2013,  as
Multiple  Sclerosis  Awareness  Week in the State of New York; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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