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Rare Disease Day®

NORD is the official US sponsor of Rare Disease Day®, which occurs on the last day of February each year.  On Rare Disease Day, millions of patients and their families around the world share their stories to promote awareness of the challenges, hopes and needs of those living with rare diseases.


The next Rare Disease Day is February 28, 2018.  

The 2018 global theme is “Research” – read the announcement here!

Rare Disease Day

The day was launched in Europe in 2008 by EURORDIS, and is now observed in more than 65 nations. In the U.S., the coalition supporting Rare Disease Day includes patient organizations, NIH and other government entities, medical researchers, hospitals and schools, universities and pharmaceutical companies developing treatments for rare diseases.

Other Resources

Visit EURORDIS’ Rare Disease Day website to see the global successes from years past. Visit website >