It is with much sadness that we learned our friend and colleague Barb LeGay passed away on June 27.
Barb was an incredible voice for patients who reminded us of the resilience of the human spirit. Her story of over 40 years of interactions with the health care system gave us all an amazing perspective on living with kidney disease.
From the very start of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, Barb brought logic, clarity of thought, a sharp wit, and genuine enthusiasm to her role as a patient partner. Her commitment to the network and to her fellow patient partners was selfless. Even in the face of serious health challenges, she remained determined to make a difference for others living with kidney disease.
Barb’s friends and colleagues across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network will miss her deeply. We have much work to do, and we will have Barb’s unique, inspirational voice in mind all the time.
“Barb held a special spot in our hearts. She honestly was one of the most amazing people I have met, dealing with many health challenges over the years but just moving forward with a positive outlook. This reminds us why it is so important to continue our work in kidney research and embrace every day.” — Kate Chong
“Barb was an inspiration to all of us, of what it means to persevere and adapt to whatever life throws at us. While she may no longer be with us in person, we should all strive to embed her spirit and enthusiasm into our work and our lives.” — Michael McCormick
“Barb’s strength, her storytelling along with her grace will always be remembered. May her spirit inspire all of us to work harder and be more mindful of the time we spend together.” — Cathy Woods
“Barb was such a wonderful person and bright spirit. She was the first KFOC Board member that I met when I started with the Foundation and she was already a passionate advocate for patient-oriented research and Can-SOLVE CKD. Barb brought humour, intelligence, and thoughtfulness to every conversation.” — Elisabeth Fowler