The Occidental College women’s soccer team located in Los Angeles, CA, came together to support the Global Genes Project and the blue jean ribbon campaign to support rare disease awareness.  The players set up posters throughout the school to promote their efforts as well as sending out a campus wide email to inform the entire school of their campaign.   After setting up a table in the main quad on campus, the girls handed out jean ribbons and flyers, and answered questions on rare disease and World Rare Disease day that was held on February 28th.  Jenny Clark (who plays Defense and  Mid-Field) said “Overall it was pretty successful and as we walked around campus the rest of the day people were supporting the cause and wearing the ribbons.”

The Global Genes Project and the blue ribbon campaign was launched in 2010 and is a continuing effort to raise awareness for the over 250 million people worldwide who are affected by rare disease.  Schools, community groups, clubs, companies, hospitals and other organizations are coming together to promote the Global Genes project and it’s efforts to raise awareness for this community in need.  To find out how you or your organization can join visit and