Image of a building on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Photo by Jamie Holt | The Flat Hat
Image of a building on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Photo by Jamie Holt | The Flat Hat

Panels, plushies in Lodge One: AMP, Students for Rare raise awareness for rare diseases with stuffed animal-filled event

Alma Mater Productions and Students for Rare collaborated on this plushie-filled event in honor of upcoming Rare Disease Awareness Day.


AMP and Students for Rare gave students the opportunity to make zebra plushies, given that this animal is the symbol of the rare disease community. There is a saying within the medical community that “when you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras,” encouraging the diagnosis of common conditions before searching for rare ones. Therefore, people affected by rare diseases are often misdiagnosed until it is eventually discovered that they could be suffering from a rare condition instead, also known as the zebra. Read more…


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