7,000 rare diseases. 1 common goal.

We are uniting patients and families from all rare diseases to fight for change together. Join our mission today.

Patient Group Pairing Now Open

Patient groups can now partner with a student entering The 2020 Student Voice Prize!

New Online Workshop

Join us on 22nd September – 24th September for our online workshop | Successful collaborations: engaging with the people that matter

Send us your stories

If rare disease has affected you, a sibling or your parent, we want to hear from you!

The Virtual Rare Disease Showcase 

Our annual rare disease showcase is going virtual for 2020!

Join us on 17th – 19th November

7,000 rare diseases. 1 common goal.

We are uniting patients and families from all rare diseases to fight for change together. Join our mission today.

7,000 rare diseases have been identified but only 400 have a licensed treatment. We are uniting patients and families across all rare diseases to fight for change together. Will you join us?

Imagine being diagnosed with a disease so rare that there is no known cause, no treatment, no information online, and no support group to turn to. Imagine feeling that no-one, not even your doctors or friends, understand you. This is the situation facing millions of people around the world today. Because while rare diseases are individually rare, having a rare disease is actually common, and experiences of isolation, desperation and loss are far too frequent.

Findacure is a charity that is bringing the rare disease community together. We know that when you combine everybody’s expertise and passion, the rare community becomes an unstoppable force. We encourage patients and parents to grow their own patient communities and to share their experiences with others hoping to do the same. By saving them from reinventing the wheel, we are transforming the lives of rare disease patients together, and we will not stop until they all have the support and treatments they deserve.

What are rare diseases?

Rare diseases are defined as conditions that affect less than 1 in 2,000 people, but they are often much rarer than that. Find out more about the issues that come with rarity in our video or rare diseases page.

Source: Rare Disease UK.

Who do we help?

Strong patient groups are crucial when it comes to rare diseases. Patient groups are organisations set up to support patients and families in all issues related to a specific condition. They connect with and support isolated patients, and are a driving force when it comes to research and campaigning for patients’ rights in healthcare, education, and employment. Most rare disease patient groups are led by a patient, family member or carer whose lives have been turned upside down by a rare diagnosis. While they have the passion and motivation needed, they often lack the experience, knowledge and confidence to fulfil their ambitions. We work with these individuals to improve their skills, confidence, and connections, meaning they can make a bigger difference to patients’ lives.

Meet Wendy

When Wendy’s son was born with Norrie disease, a rare genetic condition that causes blindness, hearing loss and developmental delays, there was no UK organisation for her to turn to for support, and very little information available.

Findacure’s patient group mentoring programme helped Wendy to set up the Norrie Disease Foundation. They registered as an official charity, launched a new website, began a mentoring programme for families, and started a PhD studentship.

Meet Russell

Russell’s son lost his sight over a matter of weeks at the age of 24 due to LHON, a rare hereditary condition. There was very little advice about what was going on and why it was happening.

After struggling to set up a patient support group for two years, Russell and two colleagues attended Findacure’s first workshop. They were inspired by the stories they heard from other rare disease support groups and the LHON Society was born that evening.

Meet Sue

When Sue’s son was born with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, an ultra-rare condition that causes seizures and difficulties with breathing and learning, there was no patient community for her to turn to for support.

So Sue set one up herself. But with no prior experience in this area, she found it difficult to move forward. Our webinars and workshops have given her the advice and confience she needs to grow her group and make a difference in her community.

What do we do?

Findacure is building a unified and powerful rare disease community. By providing free training to rare disease patient groups, we are helping them to grow and professionalise. Our events bring the whole community together, letting patient groups speak face-to-face with clinicians and pharmaceutical professionals. We also promote drug repurposing as a sustainable model for academic and patient group led clinical trials for rare disease. Our work is made more widely accessible through our e-learning portal. Click the links below to find out more.

Patient group training/resources

Patient groups have a fundamental role in rare diseases. Our training programmes give them the skills and knowledge they need to reach their goals.

Uniting communities

Our community building projects unite patients, doctors and industry to accelerate treatment development and ensure no patients are left behind.

Drug repurposing

Drug repurposing is significantly faster and cheaper than novel drug discovery – ideal for underfunded rare diseases. Our project hopes to advance repurposing projects sustainably.

Fundraising

Take on a sponsored challenge, support one of our simple ongoing appeals, or organise your very own fundraising event.

What’s going on?

Read our latest news

4 September, 2020 / Findacure News, Home Page, Rare Disease World

Our Rare Disease Showcase is going virtual for 2020!

Join us, industry, pharma, medical professionals, researchers and fellow patient groups in celebration of innovative rare disease projects across the UK for the first-ever Virtual Rare Disease Showcase on 17th - 19th November 2020!
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The Student Voice Prize winners with Findacure and Medics4RareDiseases
28 August, 2020 / Findacure News, Home Page, Rare Disease World

The Student Voice Prize Patient Pairing is Now Open!

Once again, we're offering patient groups the chance to partner with a student entering The Student Voice Prize. If you'd like to learn more and/or be potentially paired with a student, please fill out our Patient Participation Form!
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“Building your patient group data to drive research” webinar recap

If you happened to miss our joint webinar with Aparito and Pulse Infoframe back in July, we’ve made it easy to catch up on all the action! Hear from all three speakers from our “Building your...

My Lockdown Journey

Heather was diagnosed with Fibrous Dysplasia at 10 years old. She has had multiple operations throughout her life and manages her own chronic pain. She also has problems with her thyroid, fatigue and spine. Heather joined FDSSUK as a member around 10 years ago, hoping to learn more about the disease and meet other patients. Heather now volunteers for FDSSUK and is the secretary. She is very passionate about raising awareness of the disease, and enjoys being part of a community that allows her to interact with other patients and carers. This is her lockdown story!

Thalidomide and Sodium Valproate: A Tale of Two Contexts

When it comes to the inherent nature of drugs, we believe that they aren’t inherently good or inherently evil; it’s the context that matters and defines their usage. See how the drugs, thalidomide and sodium valproate, have danced between being called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, depending on the context of their usage, and discover the lessons learned from this tale of two contexts.

Huntington’s Disease: Living Life in HD

This week’s blog is written by Ashley Clarke. Ashley takes us back to when her dad was first diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD), and reflects on her journey from daughter and carer to HD activist and lifestyle blogger. See how she’s living life in HD!

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