Deborah Katz, health practitioner, author, illustrator, and founder of Rare is Everywhere Global Productions, has officially partnered with ThinkGenetic to support those living with rare genetic disorders.
In November 2016, ThinkGenetic supported fundraising for Katz’s recently published children’s book, “Rare Is Everywhere,” which highlights natural differences in the animal kingdom to illustrate that it is not so rare to be rare. ThinkGenetic is excited for the partnership with Katz that has developed from this collaboration.
“There are many ways to advocate for those living with a genetic disorder,” explains ThinkGenetic President, Len Barker. “Deborah has used her talents to create a wonderful book that will help children living with many of the disorders in the ThinkGenetic knowledge base. I believe our official partnership will give her readers a place to find more answers about living with their genetic disorder, and will offer our users a terrific resource.”
As a health practitioner with a long career in nursing, Katz has come across many children who feel different for some reason – perhaps allergies, ADHD, anxiety, illness, physical differences, or even a different family or cultural background. Whatever it is that makes them feel different, they often feel like they’re the only ones in the world. This motivated Katz to use her background in science and art to create a book that shows children that there are differences in every species, in every corner of the world, and importantly, in every one of us.
“I am very excited to be partnering with ThinkGenetic in pursuit of our shared goal of improving the lives of those affected by genetic disorders. I see a number of synergies here as ThinkGenetic users will benefit from the “Rare Is Everywhere” book and its community, and ThinkGenetic will expand their reach to our readers globally,” said Deborah Katz.
Deborah Katz is a Vancouver, British Columbia, nursing professor with nearly 20 years of experience in health care. She is also an artist who, before moving into digital illustration, painted using a multimedia approach that involved acrylics, watercolor, photography, and collage. Her work has appeared in local galleries and various publications. In addition, Katz has authored and edited many professional publications, as well as written and illustrated a handbook on organic gardening for children.
About the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program: ThinkGenetic enters into Advocacy Partner agreements with organizations, support groups, and charities to share information, increase public awareness of genetic conditions and provide trustworthy resources to those living with or caring for someone with a genetic disorder. Learn more and view current partners at news.thinkgenetic.com/advocacy-partner-program or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about enrollment in the program.