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September 29, 2016

TOPIC: Advocacy

$1.1 Billion in Federal Funding to Fight the Zika Virus

Posted by Jennifer Huron

white-houseWashington, D.C., September 29, 2016 – The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the leading independent nonprofit organization representing the 30 million Americans with rare diseases, released the following statement from President and CEO Peter L. Saltonstall following President Obama’s signature of the Continuing Resolution today.

“On behalf of the… Read More

September 23, 2016

TOPIC: Press Releases, Advocacy

Senate Passes Short-Term Agreement to Accelerate Treatments for 15 Million Sick Children with Rare Diseases

Posted by Jennifer Huron

Unanimous vote extends the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher Program with important policy changes through December

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2016 – On Thursday, the Senate reached an important compromise to accelerate new treatments to help 15 million sick children with rare diseases.

Led by Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Senate voted unanimously to… Read More

September 22, 2016

TOPIC: Press Releases, Research, Advocacy

NORD Converges on Capitol Hill for Rally for Medical Research Hill Day to Advocate for Increased Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Posted by Jennifer Huron

More than 300 organizations join forces to ask Congress to provide robust, sustained, and predictable budget increases for the NIH

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016— The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is one… Read More

September 15, 2016

TOPIC: Advocacy

The Hill publishes NORD op-ed: Congress must act now to help 15 million sick children

Posted by Jennifer Huron

the_hill_logoThe Hill, a top U.S. political website, read by Congressional offices, the White House, political pundits, and more, today published the following op-ed by NORD President and CEO, Peter L. Saltonstall, urging Congress to reauthorize the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program.

The PRV program encourages the development… Read More

September 14, 2016

TOPIC: Patients & Members, Patient Stories

A Group No One Applies to Join

Posted by Jennifer Huron

By Elizabeth Silva Anderson, ECD Global Alliance, a NORD Member Organization

An interview with Erdheim-Chester Disease patient, Janet Bunge, in honor of Erdheim Chester Disease Awareness Week (#ECDAwareness), Sept. 12-17, 2016

I belong to ECD. A group which no one applies to join.” The spirited mother of four recounts a tale of searching, frustration, courage, and finally hope.

Janet Bunge was… Read More