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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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Caz Cazanov: Becoming an Educated Patient Through VF Conferences

Obviously, there’s never a “good” time to be diagnosed with vasculitis, but sometimes an onset happens with ironic impact at the worst possible time. In 2016, Caz Cazanov was looking forward to enjoying her new life after retiring from Kaiser Permanente, where she had spent 24 years working in health…...

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

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 are to raise vasculitis awareness, and to honor…...

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Connection at VF Symposium Eases Isolation of Takayasu’s Arteritis

Loneliness is a common feeling among patients with vasculitis. When you find someone else on a similar path, it can help ease the isolation. That’s what happened to Dedra DeMarco and Devri Velazquez, who met at the 2019 International Vasculitis Symposium in July and discovered they share a lot in…...

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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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