Chiari Awareness Month

Here's the scoop:

Chiari Malformation Awareness Month 2008

" *Whereas , Chiari Malformations (CMs) are defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance; and,

*Whereas , The condition was first identified by German pathologist, Professor Hans Chiari in the 1890's; and,

*Whereas , The cause of Chiari Malformations are unknown, but scientists believe they are either a congenital condition caused by exposure to harmful substances during fetal development or a genetic condition since CMs may appear in more than one member of a family; and,

*Whereas , Symptoms usually appear during adolescence or early adulthood and can include severe head and neck pain, vertigo, muscle weakness, balance problems, blurred or double vision, difficulty swallowing, and sleep apnea ; and,

*Whereas , The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health is conducting research to find alternative surgical options and to identify the cause of CMs to create improved treatment and prevention plans; and now therefore be it,

*Resolved , That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2008 as Chiari Malformation Awareness Month in Michigan, and I encourage all citizens to learn more about this disease and to recognize the importance of finding a cure. "

So here is my plan, because I don't live in Michigan, but in Wisconsin (close enough) and because it is no longer September, but October (again, close enough) I would like to declare;

October 2008, Chiari Awareness Month on my blog!!! Riley and I would like to sell 25 bracelets to help find a cure for CM. Our NS is doing research and we would like to help! Please help our cause.

Handmade bracelets by Riley and family. $5.00 each. If you would care to purchase one, please click the button on my side bar (please choose either child, teen or adult)

You can also go here to read our story www.caringbridge.org/visit/rileycole

THANK YOU! Hopefully this will be a BIG success! I will keep a tally on my blog on how many we sell.

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