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Wear your jeans on Friday February 28th for Rare Disease Awareness Day. The Placer County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Friday February the 28th as Rare Disease Awareness Day to bring greater awareness to the public about the occurrence of rare diseases in the County and the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments, and the impact of these diseases on patients’ lives. Parent Katy Shelton shared her family’s story at Tuesday’s Supervisor’s meeting to support the Board’s proclamation.
There are about 7 thousand rare diseases identified in the United States. An estimated 80 percent of rare diseases are genetic in origin and approximately half of all rare diseases affect children. Katy says there are ways you can help. One is by donating to the advocacy groups that support families like Katy’s.
And you can also raise awareness by wearing denim on Friday February the 28th. You can learn more on the county’s web site at http://www.placer.ca.gov/upload/bos/cob/documents/sumarchv/2014/140225A/02a.pdf.