All of us across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network are saddened by the passing of Paul Duperron. Paul was a Can-SOLVE CKD patient partner who made many contributions to kidney health research through his involvement in six research projects. His commitment to improving the health of those living with kidney disease was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Paul was also a key contributor to planning the annual CANA/Can-SOLVE CKD Joint Symposium. At the 2018 symposium in Vancouver, he spoke passionately on his experience of kidney disease symptoms, giving voice to an important patient perspective.

Beyond his work with Can-SOLVE CKD, Paul was actively involved with the Prince George Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch, recently serving as a board member. In this role, he worked tirelessly to offer support to patients and their caregivers and participated in fundraisers such as March Drive and the Prince George Kidney Walk.

Paul was a strong believer in the importance of patient involvement in research and treatment. In the face of health challenges, he devoted his time and energy selflessly to do whatever he could to improve the quality of life for other patients. “I have high hopes of there being a cure for kidney failure someday,” he wrote in his introductory message to fellow patient partners. All of us share this hope and will continue driving towards this goal inspired by Paul’s memory.

We are collecting messages to pass on to Paul’s family. Please feel free to share your memories and condolences in the space below.