The R.A.R.E. Project (, a leading patient advocacy organization representing the rare disease community, today issued the RARE List™, a stunning 65 page alphabetical listing of roughly 7,000 known rare diseases and disorders. The rare diseases and disorders that comprise the RARE List™ impact 30 million Americans (or 10% of the U.S. population) and an estimated 350 million people worldwide. The RARE List™ was released by the R.A.R.E. Project as part of month long public awareness campaign leading up to World Rare Disease Day on February 29, 2012.