Extraordinary Patients

Brandon Hudgins Sets His Sights on U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2020

Most days, professional distance runner Brandon Hudgins wakes up with a burning desire to reach the goals he’s dreamed of since he was 15 years old. But there have been days when the obstacles seemed insurmountable. At one point, in 2013, he quit running entirely and threw his gear in…...

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Living with Kawasaki Disease Brings Out Strength, Hope and Resilience

For Nicol Jackson, one particular incident stands out as a stark reminder of how rarely some doctors ever see a patient with vasculitis. Her 5-year-old son, Josh, who was being treated for Kawasaki disease, experienced severe chest pains. Nicol and her husband, Rob, rushed him to the emergency room at…...

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Creating Vasculitis Awareness in a Remote Corner of Ontario

A personal and professional mission for Dr. Michael Fernando and his wife, Patti Kemp. Michael Fernando, MD, is a family practice and emergency physician who lives and practices medicine in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada. Following medical school in the UK (Bart’s and the London School of Medicine), Dr. Fernando trained…...

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Brandon Hudgins Looks Ahead to New Season of Competitive Racing

Three years ago, professional runner, Brandon Hudgins, beat the challenges from his granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly Wegener’s) to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1500-meter run. Although he didn’t make the Olympic team, Brandon hasn’t lost his determination to race competitively and is keeping a hopeful eye…...

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Baylor Physician Dr. Mark Gorelik: Kawasaki Disease Study Shows Protein Not Linked to Heart Damage

Kawasaki disease (KD) affects children between six months and six years of age. One of 5 patients develop aneurysms, or damaged and scarred blood vessel walls, in the heart. A Vasculitis Foundation-funded study looked at the molecule Follistatin-like-1 (FSTL-1) that has been shown to play a major role in producing…...

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