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Our 16th call for applications resulted in 29 awards totaling over $100,000!

We want to recognize the support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation, the University of British Columbia Student Recreation Department, and our new US-based funding partner, Global Genes for…

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Our annual fundraising and awareness building Vancouver Gala a month ago. Bringing together our rare disease community, our supporters and our friends resulted in a fun night …

The evening of April 23rd 2016 brought us the most recent Rare Finds event. Our Vancouver organizers and almost 70 volunteers welcomed 282 guests to make it our best-ever event. With contributions…

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Activating small amounts of money and leveraging the people and technology already in the system, microgrants make a difference in the rare disease space.

Our Microgrant program has some unique properties that differentiate it from traditional grant programs. One of the things we're most proud of is that our rare disease community takes part in the…

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At this year's Rare Finds, we were fortunate to have some time to sit Rare Disease Report and let them know more about our organization and our research philosophy. Watch …

So what is a Microgrant anyway? Watch Dr. Millan Patel as he takes some time to sit with Rare Disease Report and describes the philosophy and power behind our innovative research funding program.

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Listen in as Executive Director David Cox, Parent and Rare Finds Co-Chair Stacey Vogl, and donor/supporter Suman Bakshi are interviewed by Don Shafer on Roundhouse Radio. Prog…

Listen to the full 44 minute segment at your leisure right HERE!

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February 22, 2016

Social Medial Awareness Campaign for Rare Disease Day

Isabel Jordan

In partnership with the Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines (RQMO), we are getting the voice of the rare disease community heard! Join our Thunderclap campaign for to make a huge impact on February 29th, International Rare Disease Day so that it will trend on social media!

With the help of co-ordination of Thunderclap, all of our messages will post simultaneously across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr letting the world at large know the importance of the Patient Voice, and of the rare disease community. Follow the link below to add your voice to our message!

Agree now to post across your social media accounts, and on the 29th of February, Thunderclap will take care of making a big noise for us!


The Rare Disease Foundation

In partnership with its Resource Network volunteers, a variety of community partners and through the sponsorship of Shire Canada, the Rare Disease Foundation is excited to announce seven separate Rare Disease Day celebrations across Canada. Each event is an expression of a local rare disease community and reflects the connections between patients, families, researchers and health care providers - relationships that are key in improving care for the rare disease community.

While the details of…

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Inaugural Rare Finds Calgary

Saturday, November 5 7PM → 11PM MT

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