Get to know all the testimonies of the initiative #youthwithcourage posted on June-July:

  • Mina lives with a rare disease called DiGeorge’s syndrome or velo-cardio-facial syndrome. When she was a teenager, she was also diagnosed with scoliosis idiopathic.
  • Mikel, 22 years old , has a degenerative neuromuscular disease, called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II.
  • Alex is the administrator and regional delegate for the association CMT France, which helps patients suffering from Charcot Marie Tooth disease, the disease he also suffers..
  • Alicia is a young woman of 22 years old who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Her mother points out that society doesn’t worry about rare diseases or muscular dystrophies, and she ask for bigger support.
  • Samuele, 21 years old, studies Mechanical Engineering at La Sapienza and is passionate of hockey. He also suffers Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).


The initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, aims at the creation of a European network of European foundations, institutions, and entities in order to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices. The partners of the initiative are:

  • Fundación Isabel Gemio (Spain)
  • Federación Española de Enfermedades Neuromusculares (Spain)
  • Parent Project APS per la Ricerca sulla Distrofa Muscolare (Italy)
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth et Neuropathies Peripheriques (France)
  • Uniamo Federazione Italiana Malattie Rare (Italy)