Sanford Health lights up Arc of Dreams for Rare Disease Day

Jon Berg
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 23, 2021 – Sanford Health will light up the Arc of Dreams and Falls Park in Sioux Falls for Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28. The Arc of Dreams will be lit up on both Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 28. Falls Park will be lit up on Sunday, Feb. 28.

“At Sanford Research, we have a centralized international rare disease patient registry, called CoRDS, where we coordinate the advancement of research into rare diseases,” said Ben Forred, director of CoRDS at Sanford Research. “We’re committed to advancing the research behind these diseases to improve the quality of life for those living with a rare disease.”

Both the Arc of Dreams and Falls Park will be lit up in the official Rare Disease Day colors, which are pink, green, blue and purple.

Rare Disease Day is marked globally every year on the last day of February — the rarest date on the calendar — to underscore the nature of rare diseases and what patients face.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a disease is rare if it affects less than 200,000 people in the United States. Over 25 million Americans live with a rare disease, and nearly half of those are children.

For more information about the rare disease registry at Sanford Research, visit

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