Assembly resolution no. 123 State of new jersey 212th legislature



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ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 123

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 9, 2006





Sponsored by:

Assemblyman GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

SYNOPSIS

Designates June 2006 "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month" in New Jersey.


CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.





An Assembly Resolution designating June 2006 as "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month" in New Jersey.
Whereas, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a fatal neurological disease that occurs when specific nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary movement gradually degenerate; and

Whereas, ALS currently affects as many as 20,000 Americans and claims approximately 5,600 lives each year in the United States with new cases occurring at a rate of one every 90 minutes; and

Whereas, ALS occurs throughout the world, makes no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic distinctions and can strike anyone; and

Whereas, ALS does not affect mental faculties in most cases, but ALS inevitably causes progressive wasting and paralysis of muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as muscles controlling vital functions such as speech, swallowing and breathing; and

Whereas, ALS usually strikes in mid-life and the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis; and

Whereas, There is no cure for ALS, nor is there a proven therapy to prevent or reverse the course of this devastating disease; and

Whereas, June 19, 2006 marks the 103rd anniversary of baseball legend Lou Gehrig's birth and reminds us of the need to increase public awareness of ALS, the disease that took his life; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. June 2006 is designated as "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month" in New Jersey to increase the public's awareness of ALS and the importance of research and funding to combat the disease.
2. The Governor is respectfully requested to issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of this State to observe "ALS Awareness Month" with appropriate activities and programs.
3. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Clerk of the General Assembly, shall be forwarded to the Governor and to the ALS Association.

STATEMENT


This resolution designates the month of June 2006 as "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month" in New Jersey. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease; and June 19, 2006 marks the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Lou Gehrig and reminds us of the need to increase public awareness of the disease that took his life.

The Governor is respectfully requested to issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of this State to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs.


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