(WLNS) — Illnesses come in all shapes and sizes, and some are more common than others.
Two local sisters are working to raise awareness for rare illnesses, also known as “zebra illnesses”.
That mindset is what led Katie Dama Jaskolski and her sister Allie Dama, to start The Life As A Zebra Foundation.
“In medical school, students are taught to diagnose patients based on the condition that’s most likely. This idea goes along with the saying: “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” The horses are the likely explanation, while the zebras are less likely. A medical zebra, then, is a person with a rare medical condition.”, says co-founder Katie Jaskolski.
The Life as a Zebra Foundation educates, advocates, and secures funds and charitable contributions for the prevention, treatment, and research of various hard to diagnose invisible illnesses.
On Saturday April 11th, the foundation will host their fourth annual benefit concert at The Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
Headlining the concert is “Glee” actor/singer Noah Guthrie, and singer-songwriter Chris Trapper.
The concert will immediately follow a gala with refreshments and entertainment.
Festivities start at 6pm and end at 11pm.