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      I enjoy celebrating Rare Disease Day (RDD) each year, which falls on the last day of every February. That means RDD is today! This day gives me a chance to help raise awareness for the rare disease that complicates my life; living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) as a young adult is hard. It’s hard for all of us who deal with this cruel lung disease…. breathing should never be hard work!

      While I enjoy talking about IPF on RDD each year, I also find myself a bit overwhelmed with how to mark the day and what I should be doing. The need for research, awareness, and compassion for all rare diseases is so great that it’s hard to narrow down my focus. Last week I wrote a PF column on how I will specifically be celebrating RDD this year. The column is called 3 ways I plan to raise awareness on Rare Disease Day.

      How will you celebrate RDD today?

      What does RDD mean to you as a patient living with a disease that affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people?



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      Samuel Kirton


        The good thing about advocacy is there is a role for everyone. For RDD this year I focused on the power of many voices uniting for a common goal. I spent a part of the day working on appropriation requests for government funding of more research in support of the rare disease community.

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