Patient Advocacy Groups

The Vasculitis Foundation partners with patient advocacy groups around the world to improve the lives of people living with vasculitis.


Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia

Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia is an inclusive network of patients, caregivers, family, medical professionals and other supporters dedicated to improving quality of life for people with cryoglobulinemia. For more information please contact Marianne Vennitti, 609.519.0585 or Eileen Propp, 925.315.7273.  Visit their website.


American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

AARDA’s mission is the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of the suffering and socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through initiating, fostering, and facilitating collaboration in research, education, advocacy and patient services in an effective, ethical, and efficient manner.  Visit their website.


American Behcet’s Disease Association (ABDA)

ABDA’s mission is to provide support and information to people with Behçet’s and their families and to educate the medical community about the disease. Through education, support, research and fundraising, the ABDA is working to find a cure and to promote awareness and understanding of Behçet’s.  Visit their website.


Churg Strauss Syndrome Association (CSSA)

The CSSA works toward raising public awareness about Churg-Strauss Syndrome and provides assistance in understanding the disease and treatment process. The group hopes to stimulate and support research into the cause and cure of CSS.  Visit their website.


Friedrich Wegener Society – FWS (The Netherlands)

The FWS is the organization of and for patients with primary vasculitis in The Netherlands. In addition, it offers support to relatives, friends and acquaintances of the patient and is a source of information for those interested.  Visit their website.


German Vaskulitis Patient Group (Germany)

The assignment of the German Vaskulitis Support Group has been and will be to give the necessary support to patients and their relatives to enable them to cope with the serious diagnosis. Exchange among affected people, for example in regionally established groups, is tremendously important, because a vasculitis-patient will usually be the only one among his family or friends, among his doctor’s patients and in many cases even in his hospital.  Visit their website.


Kawasaki Disease Foundation

The Kawasaki Disease Foundation is partnership of parents, patients, and professionals dedicated to advancing Kawasaki Disease issues. The Foundation focuses on awareness, support, and research.  Visit their website.


National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD)

NORD is dedicated to helping the nearly 30 million Americans with rare diseases, and the organizations that serve them, through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.  Visit their website.


The Cryoglobulinemia Vasculitis Organization (CVO)

The mission of CVO is to champion advocacy programs regarding the care, treatment, research, diagnosis AND the use of service dogs for those suffering from cryoglobulinemia and associated conditions. CVO was established to unite patients and the medical community in managing and drawing attention to cryoglobulinemia, a rare blood disease that the founder/director Dr. Diane Dike has battled for 23+ years. Visit their website.


The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation (LCTF) – Scotland

The LCTF was established in October 2010 in the memory of Lauren Currie who died from Vasculitis and specifically the rare condition, Wegener’s Granulomatosis (GPA) at the age of 15. The Foundation is  committed and focused on the following objectives:  To raise and maintain a national awareness of vasculitis; to fund and produce educational and guidance material on vasculitis; to provide grants for vasculitis research.  Visit their website.


The Polyarteritis Nodosa Support Network (PSN)

The PAN Support Network 2012 (PSN) is a not-for-profit organization with more than 700 members world-wide. Patients, caregivers, physicians, research specialists provide invaluable education and support through a mailing list, live chat sessions, and other web resources.  Visit their website.


The Ricardo Lee Vasculitis Foundation (Jamaica)

The foundation was founded in the memory of Ricardo, who passed away at age 32 of complications from vasculitis. The foundation organizes awareness and fundraising events to increase understanding of vasculitis in Jamaica. For more information please email Olive Creary.


Vasculitis Foundation Canada

Vasculitis Foundation Canada is a not-for-profit Canadian Corporation. It evolved in 2008 from Wegener’s Granulomatosis Support Group of Canada which was established in 1998. This group is made up of patients, families and care-givers for 15 vasculidities. Our main purpose of patient support extends into avenues such as education and research. Dual membership status with Vasculitis Foundation gives everyone an open forum of world-wide information and medical specialists. Our website gives an overview of group activity and contact information.  Visit their website.


Vasculitis United Kingdom

Formerly the Stuart Strange Vasculitis Trust, the Vasculitis UK membership consists of a national network of support groups, helping the Trust to achieve its aims, offering support to sufferers, their families and friends both at home and abroad.  Visit their website.


Wegener Infos Et Autres Vascularites (France)

Nous avons organisé une trentaine de réunions publiques d’informations sur nos maladies rares, dans les divers Centres Hospitaliers de France, qui ont réuni environ 2.000 auditeurs. Les intervenants tous spécialistes membres du GFEV (Groupe Français d’Etudes des Vascularites) furent au nombre de 52. Nous avons pu compter sur l’aide très précieuse de 42 médias (Presse écrite, Télévisions, Radios…) que nous remercions très sincèrement.  Visitez leur site web.


West Country Support Group (England)

For more information on the West Country Support Group please contact Charlotte Stoner.