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Salem student brings spotlight to Rare Disease Week

Salem student brings spotlight to Rare Disease Week
Posted on 03/04/2019
Inside the schola at Salem High School, not one, but two special proclamations were read March 1 as part of a special Rare Disease Awareness event. The first state proclamation read by Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer acknowledged Rare Disease Week and encouraged continued research into the more than 7,000 diseases that afflict roughly 25-30 million Americans each year.

The second proclamation was a bit more personal for the Salem High School community.

It was a special proclamation announcing Feb. 28 to be further known as Dante Herrera Day in Virginia Beach.

Herrera, a Salem sophomore, was diagnosed with Batten Disease, a rare and fatal disease that has symptoms including seizures, dementia and loss of motor skills like walking and talking.

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