WHEREAS, The National Foundation has opened a new offensive against the nation's major crippling diseases of birth defects, arthritis and polio; and

WHEREAS, more than a quarter of a million infants are born each year with serious birth defects; and

WHEREAS, arthritis cripples more persons than any other disease; and

WHEREAS, polio in 1959 continued to be a major health problem in the United States with twice as many paralytic cases during the year as in 1958; and

WHEREAS, millions of Americans are still unprotected by Salk vaccine against this virulent crippler; and

WHEREAS, The National Foundation has pioneered in attacking these cripplers by way of research, patient aid and training of disease fighters; and

WHEREAS, thousands of children are especially the defenseless victims of these vicious cripplers; and

WHEREAS, The National Foundation's expanded program, developed through years of experience as a voluntary health organization, provides a real hope for a solution to the causes of the three disease areas; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim January, 1960, as


and I urge all citizens to give their services and support to this urgent need to PREVENT CRIPPLING DISEASES.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fourth.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State