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We are delighted to confirm our 18th annual Vasculitis Foundation Canada (VFC), picnic and fun social event, as well as our 7th. annual “26 REASONS TO WALK” on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM. We want you and your family to attend, and we encourage you to participate in any way you can. Join the fun, and WALK to raise awareness and funds for vasculitis research. Enjoy tasty BBQ fare with gourmet burgers, (veggie burgers too!), hotdogs/sausages, salads, chips and drinks. Try your luck in a 50:50 draw, silent auction - including a chance to win the ever popular front row Blue Jay tickets, and enjoy some fun entertainment. Donated prizes for the silent auction etc. are always needed and welcome, please let us know if you can contribute something. Click here for full Picnic and Walk details including map and how to register, see you there!

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All life is coded by DNA – a double stranded helix structure made from four nucleotide bases – adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), and guanine (G). The sequence in which A, T, C, and G are strung along the strand of DNA in organisms’ cells ultimately determines the species.

There are multiple genes/gene variants involved in GPA

There are multiple genes/gene variants involved in GPA and for certain these are also present in healthy people one has to have the “right” combination of genes as well as some environmental trigger to get the disease.

Dr. Katherine Siminovitch

(From research funded by VFC, VF, the Erna Baird Memorial Grant & many others, including DNA samples donated from thousands of GPA patients)

HLA is a really pivotal set of genes

HLA is a really pivotal set of genes involved in your capacity to respond to any kind of infection and HLA-DPB1 is involved in the etiology of GPA

Dr. Katherine Siminovitch

(From research funded by VFC, VF, the Erna Baird Memorial Grant & many others, including DNA samples donated from thousands of GPA patients)

There are many voyages in life

There are many voyages in life, until the final destination. Most people will not know the manner or time of their death. Welcomed, a life-threatening disease can become a powerful teacher. Nikki is a writer of fiction. At work on her novel “WRATH,” she is stricken suddenly with a rare, aggressive, autoimmune disease. This book chronicles how she comes to embrace illness as a teacher of life.

Nikki Basuk

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