📅 Register for 2018 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

The RARE Patient Advocacy Summit is the can’t-miss event of the year for rare disease stakeholders. The Summit will take place October 3-4 at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California, and it is the largest gathering of rare disease patients, advocates and thought leaders worldwide.

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect and learn from more than 200 experts in rare disease leading 100 educational sessions. This year, the Summit offers four specialized learning tracks to help you spark change including:

  • Living with a life-altering condition, before and after diagnosis
  • Becoming successful architects of your health and that of your disease community
  • Building on advances as a patient, partner, and driver in drug development
  • Learning about the latest science and technology that drive innovation

The RARE Patient Advocacy Summit offers many unique opportunities to support the rare community by participating in the largest educational event for rare patients and advocates. Together, we are strong. Join Global Genes, partners and rare disease community members from all walks of life to become equipped with the tools needed to persevere and thrive on our paths forward!

Click here to register now:

 

Click here to view and download an up-to-date PDF of our full Summit Agenda. New speakers and sessions will be added each week, so be sure to check back before finalizing your Summit plans.

Each year, dozens of exhibitors in the rare disease space congregate at the Summit to provide patients with information, tools and resources to help them along their journey. If you’d like to register as an exhibitor, click here. Space is limited so be sure to register ASAP.

We’re so glad you are joining us at the Summit! We’ve put together a helpful list of places to stay, directions, and everything else out-of-towners need to know to plan their trip. Click here for a comprehensive Summit travel guide.

Can’t attend the Summit in person? Don’t worry, you can view the event on Livestream! Click here to register.

 

📅 Rare Disease Day

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What am I doing for Rare Disease Day?

For me, it’s more that one day out of the year. Each and every day since 1987,  I tell anyone who will listen about Cushing’s.  I pass out a LOT Cushing’s business cards and brochures.

Adding to websites, blogs and more that I have maintained continuously since 2000 – at mostly my own expense.

Posting on the Cushing’s Help message boards about Rare Disease Day.  I post there most every day.

Tweeting/retweeting info about Cushing’s and Rare Disease Day today.

Adding info to one of my blogs about Cushing’s and Rare Disease Day.

Adding new and Golden Oldies bios to another blog, again most every day.

Thinking about getting the next Cushing’s Awareness Blogging Challenge set up for April…and will anyone else participate?

And updating https://www.facebook.com/CushingsInfo with a bunch of info today (and every day!)

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Why am I so passionate about Rare Disease Day?

I had Cushing’s Disease due to a pituitary tumor. I was told to diet, told to take antidepressants and told that it was all my fault that I was so fat. My pituitary surgery in 1987 was a “success” but I still deal with the aftereffects of Cushing’s and of the surgery itself.

I also had another Rare Disease – Kidney Cancer, rare in younger, non-smoking women.

And then, there’s the adrenal insufficiency

And growth hormone deficiency

If you’re interested, you can read my bio here https://cushingsbios.com/2013/04/29/maryo-pituitary-bio/

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📅 Invitation to Patient Day 2018

Please join us for Patient Day 2018 at Ultragenyx in Novato, CA on Saturday, April 7, 2018, for a day of live music, food, games, refreshments, and much more!
A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for patients and loved ones that may be joining them to support their participation in Patient Day 2018. For event details, travel scholarship information and to register, please click here.
An email confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your registration. Travel scholarship awards will be sent out after February 1, 2018, once a decision is made.
We welcome all families living with any rare disease to join us in celebrating their strength and courage, while also recognizing their daily challenges and sacrifices. The interactions between our employees and families provide a first-hand education about living with rare disease and further inspires the work we do for patients and families. We would like to honor and thank all of the patients who are participating in our clinical trials; however, we also have to follow federal regulations regarding the avoidance of influencing patients in our studies. So sadly, we cannot have patients who are currently participating in selected Ultragenyx or Audentes studies attend Patient Day 2018.
If you are a healthcare provider caring for people with rare diseases, please feel free to forward this invitation to your relevant patients.
Please contact us if you have any questions or are unable to access the registration site.
Hope to see you there!
Patient Day Registration Team