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May 2008 proclaimed MCS Awareness Month in two US states
Thursday 3 April 2008
May 2008 has been proclaimed Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month in two US states, Washington and Florida.
Washington Governor, Chris Gregoire, urges “all citizens to support understanding, education, and research of MCS”, while Florida Governor, Charlie Crist, extends his “greetings and best wishes to all observing May 2008 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Month”.
The Proclamations can be downloaded here:
Here is the full text of both Proclamations:
The State of Washington
WHEREAS, people of all ages in Washington have developed a condition known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) as a result of a single massive exposure or repeated low level exposures to toxic chemicals and other irritant in the environment; and
WHEREAS, MCS is recognized by the World Health Organization, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other state and federal government agencies and commissions which have supported the health and welfare of the chemically injured; and
WHEREAS, MCS is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure; symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pains, rashes, asthma, headaches, and other respiratory and neurological problems; and
WHEREAS, MCS can cause major financial, employment, housing, health, and social consequences for people who have this disability; and
WHEREAS, reasonable accommodations and information about recognition of MCS can provide opportunities for people with this disability to enjoy access to work, schooling, public facilities, and other settings where they can continue to contribute their professional skills, ideas, creativity, abilities, and knowledge; and
WHEREAS, people with MCS need the support and cooperation of family, friends, coworkers and society as they manage their condition and adapt to new lifestyles;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christine O. Gregoire, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim May 2008 as
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
in Washington State, and I urge all citizens to support understanding, education, and research of MCS.
Signed this 8th day of January, 2008
Governor Christine O. Gregoire
MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) AWARENESS MONTH
WHEREAS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a painful chronic condition of hypersensitivity reactions to the environment for which there is no cure; and
WHEREAS, the symptoms of MCS may include acute reactions to chemicals, food and medication, as well as severe neurological problems, muscle and joint pain, memory, and respiratory difficulties; and
WHEREAS, MCS is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Access Board, Social Security Administration, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous other governmental agencies and commissions; and
WHEREAS, the health of the general population is at risk from chemical exposures that can lead to this environmentally induced illness; and
WHEREAS, this illness may be preventable through the reduction or avoidance of chemicals in the air, water, and food in both indoor and outdoor environments and by conducting more scientific research; and
WHEREAS, people with MCS need the support of the Medical Establishment, understanding of family, friends, co-workers, and society as they struggle with their illness and adapt to new lifestyles;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charlie Crist, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing May 2008 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Month.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 25th day of January, in the year two thousand eight.