RDLA Empowers Rare Disease Patients

Christina Hartman, Senior Director of Advocacy & Policy for the EveryLife Foundation describes RDLA’s philosophy as “We don’t speak for the patients, but we empower the patients to have the knowledge and the tools to speak for themselves, and to advocate for these policies.”

The Rare Disease Film Festival

Daniel DeFabio discusses the Rare Disease Film Festival, a relatively new event showcasing films from around the world which address the challenges of life with a rare disease. The first event was held in Oct of 2017 in Boston, MA.

Defeating MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

Philip Fortier, executive director of Defeat SMA USA, Defeat SMA Canada, and the MSA Awareness Shoe. Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a rare, neurodegenerative disorder that largely affects the autonomic nervous system.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Shani Weber, Patient and Community Advisor for the Ehlers Danlos Society recently talked to us about the role this international organization plays in educating people, including those in the medical community about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).

Lipodystrophy – A Rare Disease, But Not That Rare

Andra Stratton, President and co-founder of Lipodystrophy United talks about the foundation and the large increase in individuals being diagnosed with the disease, possibly as a result of the work LU has done to raise awareness of this rare condition.

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