Rare Disease Day2018 US Partner

Rare Disease Day is February 28, 2018!

Share Your Rare. Show You Care!

This year marks the 11th international Rare Disease Day! Sponsored in the United States by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and internationally by Eurodis. This year’s theme is Research. Show Your Rare. Show You Care. Rare diseases are not so rare: there are 7,000 rare diseases & disorders that combined affect 30 million Americans – 1 in 10 of us – and more than half are children. Rare Disease Day is observed on the last day of February (the rarest date on the calendar) to underscore the nature of rare diseases and what patients face. It’s an opportunity to call upon researchers, universities, students, companies, policy makers and clinicians to do more research and to make them aware of the importance of research for the rare disease community.

There are numerous resources and activities available to help you raise awareness about Rare Disease Day in your local community. Learn about these resources and many more at rarediseaseday.us and rarediseaseday.org. We've highlighted a few of the activities below.

Rare Disease Day 2018 Official Video



Get involved!

Post a selfie showing your care with this year's special face paint social media campaign! Use a design sample from this info sheet or create your own and then share your photo on your favorite social media using one of this year's hashtags: #ShowYourRare, #MyRare or #RareDiseaseDay.

Learn about the 7 additional ways to get involved!

Share these sample social media posts to help #ShowYourRare

Show Your Rare

Share your story!

Join together and show solidarity by participating in the Handprints Across America photo gallery. Use #HandprintsAcrossAmerica

Write about or share a video about your personal rare story to help encourage others through the Tell Your Story gallery.

Share Your Event!

Post your event to get involved in their 2018 campaign.

Worldwide Events

Learn more about the global initiatives supported through rare disease day.

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