Extraordinary Patients

Brian Kilgarif: A Success Story in Using MobileCause to Raise Funds for Vasculitis

Brian, Steph, and son, Drake By Nina Silberstein If you ever need a shot of motivation, just talk to Brian Kilgarif. Brian is raising money for the VF on behalf of his wife, Steph, who was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) in 2002, when she was 16. His goals…...

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VF Research Committee Paving the Way For a New Generation of Investigators

The promise of better treatments for vasculitis has special meaning for Jason Springer, MD, MS, chair of the Vasculitis Foundation (VF) Research Committee and member of the VF Board of Directors. Before he ever started medical training, Dr. Springer’s father was diagnosed with vasculitis, a disease he had never heard…...

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Sam and Helen Dodge: Feeling Hope in the Wake of a Vasculitis Diagnosis

Sam Dodge spent much of his working life as an ad cameraman, and he collects antique motion-picture cameras, so it’s not surprising that he thinks in terms of film metaphors. Sam was diagnosed last year with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and he describes the experience like this: “Sometimes I feel as…...

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Abby – Triathlete with GPA, Coached by U.S. Olympics Hopeful Brandon Hudgins,
Declares Victory Over Vasculitis

On Sunday, July 22, Abby woke up in Lake Placid, New York, a village in the Adirondack Mountains known for its picturesque natural environs—trees, trails and lakes—and for being the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. It was an important day for Abby, a psychologist from Alexandria,…...

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