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Special Merit

Missing you by Richard BriseƱo

The Mission of a special merit award is to ensure diversity within the contest. Each year, we bring awareness to a wide spectrum of rare diseases. We want each story to foster a unique perspective of the community and reflect the 7,000+ rare diseases in the US.

How does it work?
The curator examines finalists from the judges circles and evaluates rare disease communities awarded each year.

Who is eligible?
Anyone connected to the rare disease community who has participated in the public vote (Facebook) or sent in an email submission. Past awardees are welcome to enter again, but participants are not able to be awarded two years in a row.