K315

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the State of New York

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K315



Assembly Resolution No. 315

BY: M. of A. Jones

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 2021, as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the
State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months 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
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as Cystic
Fibrosis Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a donor-supported nonprofit
organization, is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic
fibrosis, having raised and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to
help develop drugs and therapies; and

WHEREAS, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is working to cure cystic
fibrosis and to provide all people struggling with the disease the
opportunity to lead full, productive lives; and

WHEREAS, Cystic fibrosis, commonly referred to as "CF", is a genetic
disease affecting approximately 31,000 children and adults in the United
States and nearly 70,000 children and adults worldwide, 1,644 of whom
live in New York; and

WHEREAS, A defective gene causes the body to produce an abnormally
thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, and these secretions produce
life-threatening lung infections and obstruct the pancreas, preventing
digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and
absorb food; and

WHEREAS, More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of
the defective CF gene; and

WHEREAS, The median predicted age of survival for a person with CF,
born in 2019, is 48.4 years; and

WHEREAS, With advances in the treatment of CF, the number of adults
with CF has steadily grown, and approximately 900 new cases of CF are
diagnosed each year; and

WHEREAS, 56% of the CF population is 18 years of age and older, and
people with CF have a variety of symptoms attributed to the more than
2,000 mutations of the CF gene; and

WHEREAS, Infant blood screening to detect genetic defects is the
most reliable and least costly method to identify persons likely to have
CF; and

WHEREAS, Early diagnosis of CF permits early treatment and enhances
quality of life and longevity and the treatment of CF depends on the
stage of the disease and the organs involved; and

WHEREAS, Clearing mucus from the lungs is an important part of the
daily CF treatment regimen, and other types of treatments include
inhaled antibiotics and pancreatic enzymes, among others; and

WHEREAS, There are 21 world-class treatment centers in New York
which specialize in the diagnosis of CF and the care of persons with CF;
and

WHEREAS, A critical component of treating patients with CF includes
access to innovative treatments, which can play a crucial role in the
lives of patients with CF; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious disease, and more must be done to increase activity at the
local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as Cystic
Fibrosis Awareness Month in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.

actions

  • 19 / May / 2021
    • REFERRED TO CALENDAR
  • 20 / May / 2021
    • ADOPTED

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