Extraordinary Patients

Fran Crotty Finds that Faith and Positivity Fuel Her Personal Transformation

Back in November 2013, the VF ran an article written by Fran Crotty, who was diagnosed in 1996 with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and Crohn’s disease. In her own words, she “has come back from her challenges, only slightly worse for wear, yet filled with optimism, strength in her faith…...

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California Runner Finds Helpful Support Through VF and Brandon Hudgins

Art Diaz, a 49-year-old married father of two, embodies the southern California lifestyle of health and vitality. A native resident of Garden Grove in Orange County, Art works as a retail manager at Skechers, the lifestyle apparel brand headquartered in nearby Manhattan Beach. An avid runner, Art has spent many…...

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VF Young Adults Group Spearheads New Vasculitis Visionaries Podcast Series

As 2020 kicks into full gear, our VF Young Adults community has continued growing and coming up with new ways to build upon a successful 2019. Last November, we were fortunate enough to be honored in Kansas City for our efforts to raise awareness about vasculitis through a video featuring…...

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Rituximab Gains Expanded Approval in Pediatrics

  The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Rituxan® injection (rituximab) to include the treatment of children ≥2 years of age who have granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), in combination with glucocorticoids. Rituximab is a CD20-directed cytolytic monoclonal antibody first approved in 1997 to…...

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