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What does it meant to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in Rare Diseases?

At Calvin University, our goal is to equip our students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. But what does that look like when you think about something like Rare Disease research. We believe that it means stepping out of the lab, stepping out of your comfort zone, and meeting and interacting with people whose lives are affected by rare diseases. As our program grows, we would like to offer students opportunities to engage in the rare disease community in many different ways. Learn more about current opportunities to get involved in Rare Disease research and outreach here.

Calvin is a member of NORD Students for Rare

Are you interested in participating? Contact us to find out more.

Interested in Volunteering?

There are many different ways for students at Calvin University to be involved in advocating for and supporting the rare disease community.

  • Students for Rare
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    The purpose of Students for Rare is to reach the next generation of professionals, advocates, researchers, and medical professionals and spread awareness and recognition of rare diseases, to establish professional relationships and partnerships, and to pursue future opportunities within the rare disease space.

    • Camp Casey
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      Camp Casey is a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding lessons to children with cancer and red blood disorders. They provide services across Michigan, often taking horses to families' homes to provide an afternoon of fun activity for the families and friends. Please visit their website, and consider volunteering to help this organization.

      • Energy for Life Walkathon
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        EFL Walkathon is a fundraising event of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation that brings individuals and families affected with mitochondrial disease together to raise awareness and money for critical research needed to find effective treatments and cures. Find a walk near you or consider organizing your own.

        • Rare Disease Symposium
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          This symposium brings together community members affected by rare diseases, healthcare professionals that treat rare disease, researchers who study rare diseases, and those interested in learning more about how to support people affected by rare diseases. Find out more about how you can contribute.