Did you know the zebra is the official mascot of the rare disease community? It was chosen to represent rare disease based on an old medical school saying: “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras,” meaning look for the most likely and common disease, not the most uncommon, when making a diagnosis. But as those living with a rare disease well know, sometimes the hoofbeats really are from a zebra! There are over 7,000 rare diseases and more than 350 million people living with one worldwide.
When Rare Patient Voice decided to choose a company mascot, a zebra was a natural choice. We held a naming contest on social media, and the winner was Rarity! Rarity the zebra is now featured on our website, social media accounts, and elsewhere.
A very Happy Halloween from Rarity and all of us at Rare Patient Voice!