Imagine if every time you searched for an answer, you didn’t find what you were looking for. For those affected by a rare disease, this is an every day reality. On Tuesday, February 28, people all over the world are raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives during Rare Disease Day.

Through Spoonflower’s crafting for a cause initiative, we’ve had the opportunity to support children with rare diseases through a partnership with RARE Science. This non-profit research organization focuses on accelerating identification of more immediate therapeutic solutions for kids with rare disease.

In addition to research, RARE Science started the RARE Bear army, a grassroots community-driven outreach initiative where volunteers create one-of-a-kind teddy bears for one-of-a-kind “rare kids.” When we learned RARE Science was using Spoonflower’s custom printing for the bear foot fabric, we couldn’t wait to get involved!

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Last year, Spoonflower kicked off the first international RARE Bear Sew-In and now we’re counting down the days to the 2017 sew-in on March 18th. Want to show your support for RARE Science and their one-of-a-kind kids? Click here to learn how to get involved with this year’s sew-in.

Whether you’re sewing a RARE Bear on March 18th or writing a letter to your representative, there are so many ways to get involved! We’d love to know how you’re supporting RARE Disease day – comment below to let us know!