As rare disease patients and advocates seek to raise awareness around the globe for World Rare Disease Day at the end of February, one notable place they will gather is on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It’s become an annual tradition for rare disease advocates to talk face-to-face with lawmakers to bring the abstractions of rare disease down to a human level and speak about the needs patients and their caregivers face. We spoke to Steve Silvestri, director of public policy for the Everylife Foundation for Rare Diseases, about Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, the case for patients and caregivers to become advocates, and how they can go about doing so.