Raredr

From Olympic Qualifier to Rare Disease Patient

Brandon Hudgins
Published Online: May 19, 2017


Brandon Hudgins is an American middle-distance runner. He is one of just a few runners to finish the mile in under 4 minutes. In 2016 he tried out for the Olympics after overcoming 3 episodes of vasculitis. 
 
Brandon is now dealing with his vasculitis again and while he no longer can run a 4 minute mile, he is using his drive and determination to help others with rare diseases overcome their obstacles.
 
We talked to Brandon on the evening that he received NORD's Rare Impact Award in Washington DC.
 
As Brandon explains in this video, meeting other rare disease patients has inspired him more than he thinks his story has inspired others. 
 
Vasculitis is a group of rare inflammatory conditions affecting blood vessels. Symptoms vary depending on the type of vasculitis. In Brandon’s case, he has granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) which often involves inflammation of blood vessels in the lungs, nasal passages and kidneys. 
 


Latest Articles
Dr Michael Davidson of the University of Chicago School of Medicine discusses why a proper diagnosis is so valuable to FCS patients.
CRPS is often difficult to diagnose and in Jones’ case, that was also true. His symptoms appeared suddenly while playing high school football.
At the 2017 NLA Sessions, Rare Disease Report sat with dietician Wahida Karmally from Columbia University to discuss the necessary diet for FCS patients.
Michael Weschler, MD presents data at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Conference that shows the FDA-approved mepolizumab helps in the treatment of EGPA.
$vacMongoViewPlus$ $vAR$