Unveiling the 2014 GRT Infographic!

Let’s face it – I am a numbers guy. In grade school and beyond my favorite subject was math, I learned Pi to the 30th digit for fun, I am competitive as can be and whether or not you are, I am keeping score. As a Genzyme Running Team member I have thought for a while about how we can use numbers to get the message out about Rare Diseases, to show both the importance of the cause and to show how each person’s contributions can add up to big results (and numbers)! It is in that frame of mind that I came up with the idea for an infographic for the team.

Infographics are fairly new and can be found everywhere; I imagine they are taught in first year marketing classes. The idea is to convey information easily and sliced into nice small bites for quick digestion. Once the idea was spawned the whole team came together to support. My numbers-in-crime partner Jack Prior (actually he is more like Major Numbers) did a lot of the dirty work gathering the data, Amy Atwood provided a great editor’s eye to the whole thing, and the biggest credit of all goes to Fred McCullough for donating his time and considerable skills toward designing the infographic and really making it shine. Nice work Fred!

Without further ado, see below for the finished product. Please leave comments, we would love to hear what people think.



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10 comments on “Unveiling the 2014 GRT Infographic!
  1. Marissa Poole says:

    Great Infographic Dan and team! Love the snippets of information and the layout looks fabulous. Here’s hoping those Tuesday runs warm up!

  2. Erica says:

    I love it and have shared to my fb personal page and my fb ‘Rarely Defined-An Adult Living w MPS I’ pg: Thanks!


  3. Emma Rooney says:

    Yes it’s awesome! Are you printing posters?
    *No tapering allowed, you guys need to finish the 4th USA. The numbers presented on the poster are impressive and they don’t even take into account spin-off from your efforts. Motivated by my partner Andrew’s training efforts and all the great blog posts I keep getting in my inbox, has given me the focus to keep running (& running) since last Rare Disease Day. I didn’t even have to join a boot-camp to train, running on stories instead.
    Thanks for this!

    • Jessicac says:

      “Running on stories” – I read this comment right before I went on my run this morning and it made me smile the whole way! 🙂

  4. Jack says:

    Great job Dan — the ink isn’t even dry on the infographic and the team has tacked on another 1167 miles together — we are are up to 11,667 miles, with this morning’s 5:45am run yet to be logged.

  5. Tara Notrica says:

    What an incredible job! As a patient partner, it is amazing to see what an incredible impact the team has had on people with rare diseases. Thank you for all of your support and commitment.

  6. hi! i want to “run for rare diseases” too! i have MS and use Aubagio. i rode my trike in the l.a. marathon and would love to do boston in my MS orange! how does one become part of your team? tg

  7. Love this infographic. Did you make it from scratch or start with a template? 🙂 Fun grouping of facts.

  8. Dan Wilkens says:

    As far as I know Fred completed this from scratch… Fred, care to comment?

  9. Fred McCullough says:

    Mostly from scratch. I used some reference images to create the shoe and Boston skyline images, and the runner is a free-use vector I found because I’m awful at drawing people. Other than that, yeah, all from scratch. I’m so glad everyone likes it!

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