Having a rare disease with visible manifestations can cause people to stare or give second looks. Peter Dankelson, a 16-year-old with Goldenhar Syndrome, knows what that’s like. Dankelson, talks to students around the country about his experience of living with a craniofacial condition and uses it to remind students that we are all different. His message is simple. He encourages students to treat others with kindness. We spoke to Dankelson about his works as a teen rare disease advocate, the message he carries to students, and what he’ll be doing October 10 for Choose Kind Day.

Daniel S. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013 to provide strategic communications to life sciences companies. He is host of The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts, a senior fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and a member of the advisory board of the California Biotechnology Council.

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