Rare Disease Lobby Day 2012

In February, RDLA hosted its first lobby day, bringing 70 patient advocates to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the Creating Hope Act and the Unlocking Lifesaving Treatments for Rare Diseases Act (ULTRA), which was later included into the Faster Access to Specialized Therapies (FAST) Act. Both provisions were included in FDASIA.


You are invited to join us in Washington, DC for our Rare Disease Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.  RDLA is partnering with the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, RARE Project, Sarcoma Foundation of America, Darlington House and ViroPharma to ensure that rare disease advocates are present on Capitol Hill during Rare Disease Week! Join us and make sure Congress hears your voice!

Lobby Training Breakfast
7:30a.m. – 9:30a.m.  Darlington House 1610 20th ST NW Washington DC
Learn about the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus and legislation to help spur the development of treatments for rare disease patients, including the ULTRA Act and Creating Hope Act 

Hill Meetings with your Representatives

10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. on Capitol Hill
Transportation will be provided from the Darlington House to Capitol Hill
Each advocate will be scheduled for at least three meetings

Happy Hour Lobby Day Celebration
5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.  Darlington House 1610 20th ST NW Washington DC
Join us to share your meeting experiences and feedback from Congress
The happy hour includes appetizers & a no host bar

Please click YES below to register for this event.  You must provide your home address in order for us to help schedule a meeting with your Members of Congress:

Financial Assistance Available:  To help offset travel costs, $500 travel scholarships are available to advocates who wish to attend and have financial need.  To apply, please click here to download the application.  A limited number of scholarships are available.  Scholarships will be distributed in order to ensure a diverse representation of the rare disease community can participate.  Please return completed applications via email to patientadvocate@kakkis.org or fax at 415-884-0562.

HOTEL:  We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for Monday & Tuesday nights at The Embassy Row Hotel at the discounted rates of $169 single or $189 double per night.  The Hotel is located in Dupont Circle a 5 minute walk from the Darlington House.  To receive the discounted rate, please book directly with the Hotel by calling 202-265-1600 and mentioning the group “Rare Disease Day Lobby Day.”  Please book your hotel room immediately as we will not be able to guarantee this rate once our block of rooms is filled.  Discounted rate expires on Feb. 20th.

If you can’t join us in DC, please stay tuned for Action Alerts!  We will email you ways to participate in Rare Disease Day from your home or office by making calls and sending emails to your Members of Congress and sending emails to support legislation that will help spur the development of lifesaving treatments!

Don’t miss these other great Rare Disease Day events in DC!
You can participate in most of them from your home or office:


Monday, February 27, 2012

RDLA Luncheon Meeting & Conference Call

12:30 – 2:00p.m. at 750 9th Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC


2nd Annual RDLA Cocktail Reception and Movie Screening 

5:30p.m – 9:00p.m at the West End Cinema, 2301 M Street NW, Washington DC

Featuring:  The Documentary “Fight to Live” with panel discussion led by Academy Award Winning Director Barbara Kopple


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rare Disease Day at NIH (RDD@NIH) 

Clinical Center’s Masur Auditorium, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda, MD
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will celebrate the fifth annual Rare Disease Day with a day-long celebration. Attendance is free, open to the public and will be webcasted.


Take a LEAP for Complex Illness

8pm at the Dunes 1402 Meridian Place NW, Washington, DC

Featuring performances by Jonny Grave & the Tombstones, Benny, & Nelly Kate.
To benefit MarbleRoad a 501c3 non-profit: connecting people who have complex illnesses with resources to improve their lives.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

FDA Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Day

White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will celebrate the fifth annual Rare Disease Day by hosting a “FDA Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Day” to engage and educate the rare disease community on regulatory processes related to rare diseases. Attendance is free. Registration is required. The event will be webcasted