UF celebrates Rare Disease Day

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- The University of Florida's Powell Center for Rare Disease hosted a UF Rare Disease Day at the Biomedical Sciences Building.

This year's theme is to thank UF researchers studying rare diseases and they showcased their work for the event.

UF researchers explained different rare diseases to students who attended.

UF's Head Of Patient Advocacy for the Center of Rare Diseases Emma Crowley said there are about 7,000 rare diseases in the world and that 1 in 10 Americans has one.

“When you think about it that way it's not uncommon to have a rare disorder,” Crowley said. “It's just the individuals who have that disorder—that group is rare. These people typically don't have any treatment and it's really important for us to support those individuals."

Students had the chance to write on a board to express their gratitude to the researchers studying rare diseases.