2022 Vasculitis Foundation Patient Hero, Ann Marie Niziolek was diagnosed with Granulomatosis withpolyangiitis (GPA) in 2015.
“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sunshine without rain. But He did promise strength for the day and light for the way.”
— Ann Marie Niziolek, 2022 Patient Hero
About the 2022 Patient Heroes Program
Ordinary people can become extraordinary in their journey through life — and this has never been truer than it is today. Look around and you’ll see that there are everyday heroes living among us. That’s why this Vasculitis Awareness Month, the VF will be highlighting a few of the many everyday heroes from our vasculitis community during our second Patient Heroes project.
Earlier this year, we asked for patient hero nominations from the vasculitis community and we were overwhelmed with the number of people whose names were submitted. Judges from outside the vasculitis community chose 11 of the nominees’ personal stories that will be told through collectible baseball-type trading cards that will be used to increase awareness throughout the greater vasculitis community.