Fiorentini to Declare Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Haverhill at Monday Ceremony

Fiorentini plans to declare June as a month of awareness for the neuromuscular disease Myasthenia Gravis during a Monday ceremony. (WHAV News file photograph)

Mayor James J. Fiorentini Monday will designate June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month during an afternoon proclamation ceremony at City Hall.

Haverhill's Drea Carbone. (Courtesy photograph)

The request was brought to Fiorentini from Haverhill native Drea Carbone, who is one of 200,000 Americans suffering from the rare neuromuscular disease. Fiorentini’s grandfather also had the disease, which is categorized by symptoms including droopy eyelids, double vision and trouble swallowing.

“The mayor said it would be a way for him to honor his grandfather and help raise awareness to create a proclamation to make it ‘officially’ Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Haverhill, as many local and state governments around the country have been doing,” Carbone, who now lives in Washington, D.C., told WHAV.

Fiorentini’s proclamation ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Room 100 of City Hall, 4 Summer St., Carbone said.