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May 13, 2022

TOPIC: Patient Stories

Summerly’s Rare Journey

Posted by Julie Ostroff

I am a parent to a daughter with genetic disorder 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (commonly known as DiGeorge syndrome). She was born on July 1, 2021 and diagnosed on July 23 through a chromosomal microarray blood test. The entire month of July was a whirlwind. Her health issues began with seizures at home around nine days old, which is what… Read More

May 11, 2022

TOPIC: Press Releases, Advocacy

NORD Applauds Congressional Efforts to Restore Intent of the Orphan Drug Act

Posted by Rohan Narayanan

Washington, DC — The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) applauds efforts of Congressional leaders to protect the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) and ensure proper incentives are in place to continue to foster robust rare disease drug development. Last week, leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee included language in their bipartisan Food and Drug Amendments… Read More

May 11, 2022

TOPIC: Patients & Members, Patient Stories

NORD Hosts the Largest Gathering of a Rare, Post-Transplant Cancer in History

Posted by Rohan Narayanan

Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD) is a rare cancer related to organ and stem cell transplants, as well as Epstein bar disease. There is no nonprofit organization dedicated to this community and the last known gathering involved less than a dozen patients and caregivers, pre-pandemic. When NORD learned of interest in this disease to share patient and caregiver stories… Read More

May 9, 2022

TOPIC: Press Releases, RDACs

Maine Elevates Rare Disease Voices, Establishes State Advisory Council

Posted by Rohan Narayanan

Maine becomes the 23rd state to create a council that will help address the needs of rare disease patients and their families  

May 9, 2022, Augusta, ME – Today, Maine’s rare disease community celebrated the passage of Legislative Document 972 (LD 972), which officially establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council (RDAC) in Maine…. Read More

May 6, 2022

TOPIC: Press Releases, Advocacy, RDACs

Georgia Becomes 22nd State to Establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council

Posted by Rohan Narayanan

New council will help educate medical professionals, government agencies, legislators, and the public about rare diseases, research and treatment

May 6, 2022, Atlanta, GA – This week, Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation into law to establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council (RDAC) in Georgia. This advisory body will be comprised of a variety of stakeholders including patients, caregivers, health care… Read More