State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today announced the passage of House Bill 533 out of the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee. The legislation would designate May as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month.”

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumor growth in the cells that surround and make up nerves throughout the human body. The disorder affects over one in every 3,000 newborn babies and can result in skeletal defects, learning disabilities, disfigurement, cardiovascular problems, cancer, loss of sight and hearing, and many other serious health issues. 

“House Bill 533 will bring awareness to this serious genetic disorder,” said Representative Sprague. “Neurofibromatosis affects many Ohioans, but it’s not very well-known. I appreciate the committee’s support.”

Testifying in support of the legislation was Representative Sprague’s constituent, Larry Gossard. Mr. Gossard mentioned the Cruise-In for a Cure Family Fun Day and Car Show, which is an event he organizes every year to raise awareness and funding for the research of Neurofibromatosis. This year, on June 12th, the 7th Annual Cruise-In for a Cure Family Fun Day and Car Show will take place in Kenton at Simon Kenton School. The event will have classic cars, public safety vehicles, raffles, auctions, food, games, and other family-friendly activities. 

House Bill 533 now awaits consideration by the full House.

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