Apply Today for a Travel Stipend for Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill 2017

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, to be held February 27 through March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The week of events brings together rare disease community members from across the country to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators. There will be new Members of the House and Senate next year, and it is critical for them to meet members of their communities affected by rare disease.

All events are free for patient advocates, and registration will open in early January.

Applications for Travel Stipends Now Open

The EveryLife Foundation is now accepting applications for travel stipends!  We awarded more than $55k in stipends this year, and hope to enable even more advocates to join us in Washington, DC next year. Patients, caregivers, and others in the rare disease community can apply online. The deadline to apply is December 18th, and all applicants will be notified in early January. Please note that stipends are limited to one per family, and attendance at the Legislative Conference and Lobby Day is required.

Not Able to Attend?

We want every Member of Congress to hear from constituents affected by rare disease, and you can help even if you can’t join us in person. Please share your unique perspective and let your legislators know what issues matter most to you by filling out our online form by February 12th so that we can hand-deliver it on the Lobby Day.  And please share this opportunity with your network to make sure the voice of your rare disease community is heard!

Please sign up for our email list or check the Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill webpage for more information and updates.

Rare Disease Congressional Caucus Adds Nine Members

Thanks to their diligent work educating Members of Congress, rare disease advocates were successful in expanding the ranks of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus. In March, nine legislators agreed to join the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus:

Senator James Risch (Idaho)
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Representative Brad Ashford (NE-2)
Representative David Cicilline (RI-1)
Representative John Garamendi (CA-3)
Representative Joe Kennedy, III (MA-4)
Representative Donald Norcross (NJ-1)
Representative David Rouzer (NC-7)
Representative Juan Vargas (CA-51)

We applaud these legislators for taking leadership on the issues that are important to the rare disease community. You can find the complete Rare Disease Congressional Caucus membership at http://rareadvocates.org/rarecaucus/.

View the Presentations and photos from 2015 Legislative Conference

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Click Here to view presentations and photos from this year’s Rare Disease Legislative Conference:

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Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill Information Webinar #1

Click below to view the 1st informational webinar:

Rare Disease Week 2015 Informational Webinar #1

Rare Disease Week 2015 Webinar #2

 

Wall Street Journal Features an Article on the Importance of Rare Disease Research

The March 21st edition of the Wall Street Journal features an article by noted health journalist Amy Marcus titled “Hard Choices in Pursuit of Rare-Disease Cures: Patients Urge More Data Gathering as Tighter Federal Budget Crimps Research” which details the importance of rare disease research and the struggles many groups face as budget cuts hamper their pursuit of a cure.

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2014 Rare Disease Legislative Conference Presentations

RDLA’s 2014 Legislative Conference took place on Feb. 25 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Over 160 rare disease advocates were in attendance, with 25 speakers educating and training the advocates how to make their voices heard. Click on the title to view the video from the conference.

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SCAD Alliance at Rare Disease week 2014

“As anticipated, Rare Disease Day 2014 events did not disappoint. We are taking the information we gained and are busy reaching out to new contacts to advance the mission of SCAD Alliance.” – SCAD Alliance

Read more about SCAD Alliance at Rare Disease Week in Washington D.C. 2014

Rare Disease Week in D.C. featured in Florida Newspaper

“Cape woman fights for rare-illness sufferers, honors her son with advocacy.”

A few weeks ago, Hickman, who now lives in Cape Coral, went once again to Washington, D.C., to speak to politicians for the Rare Disease Legislative Conference & Lobby Day. Read more

Read About the Legislation Featured at Lobby Day

During Rare Disease Week 2014 in Washington D.C. over 160 rare disease advocates lobbied for 3 main pieces of legislation and asked their legislators to join the Rare Disease Legislative Caucus.

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Feb. 27th Rare Disease Congressional Caucus Briefing

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Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, National Organization for Rare Disorders & Jonah’s Just Begun Foundation to Cure Sanfilippo, in coordination with
Rare Disease Congressional Caucus Co-Chairs
Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Joe Crowley (D-NY),
hosted a briefing featuring

Special Guest Jonny Lee Miller, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the hit TV show Elementary,
will help us unlock the mystery of the
“Science Behind Rare Disease Policy”

Thursday February 27, 2014
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Capitol Visitors Center, Room: HVC – 201

Lunch Provided by event sponsors Genzyme & Shire

Moderator:  Kay Holcombe, Senior Policy Analyst, Genzyme

Panelists:

  • P.J. Brooks, Ph.D., Health Science Administrator – Office of Rare Diseases Research & Division of Metabolism and Health Effects, NIAAA,  NIH
  • Marshall Summar, MD, NORD Board Member, Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism at Children’s National Medical Center and Faculty, Children’s Research Institute, Center for Genetic Medicine Research
  • Emil Kakkis, MD, PhD, President EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
  • Hugh Hempel, Founder, Addi & Cassi Fund
  • Jill Wood, CEO, Jonah’s Just Begun to Cure Sanfilippo
  • Jonny Lee Miller, Actor, Patient Advocate


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Briefing Sponsors:

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