The Rare Disease Foundation is excited to be hosting and partnering with a variety of organizations across Canada to bring Rare Disease Day events across the country. The theme of this year's International Rare Disease Day is 'Research' and we couldn't be more on board with the theme!
Thanks to Shire Canada, the Rare Disease Foundation was once again able to sponsor and support a variety of celebratory activities in multiple cities across the country. We also want to thank our National Coordinator (and volunteer) Allison Jones of North Vancouver, BC for all her assistance and commitment.
Victoria, BC - We also wish to thank the Township of Esquimalt for recognizing Rare Disease Day with an official flag raising and proclamation.
Vancouver, BC - We also wish to thank The Lazy Gourmet and Flamingo Photobooth Inc. for their generous support of our local Vancouver event. BC Place Stadium and the City of Vancouver both assisted with lighting their respective facilities in Rare Disease colours to recognize the day.
Edmonton, AB - We also wish to thank Telus World of Science for the venue and our partners for the event, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation. An official recognition by the City of Edmonton in raising the International Rare Disease Day flag was made possible through our partners at Rare Disease Review.
Winnipeg, MB - We also wish to thank Portage Place Mall for the use of their courtyard area and the Circle of Life Thunderbird House for the partial sponsorship of using their wonderful space for our evening event. Also, thanks to the Minister of Health (Kelvin Goertzen) for the Province of Manitoba for championing the first-ever Provincial Proclamation of International Rare Disease Day on February 28.
London, ON - We also wish to thank the City of London for officially recognizing International Rare Disease Day by raising the International Rare Disease Day flag. And of course that wouldn't have been possible without our partners at the Rare Disease Review.
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON - We also wish to thank the City of Kitchener-Waterloo for putting Rare Disease Day on the agenda of their council meeting just prior to Rare Disease Day. This opportunity was again made possible by our friends at Rare Disease Review.
Toronto, ON - We wish to thank The Hospital for Sick Children for the use of their facilities and the City of Toronto for recognizing the day by raising the official International Rare Disease Day flag.
Hamilton, ON - We also wish to thank the City of Hamilton for commemorating the day by raising the International Rare Disease Day flag, again made possible by our partners at the Rare Disease Review at McMaster University.