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.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Roger Hillier. Roger was a Can-SOLVE CKD patient partner whose commitment to improving the health of those living with kidney disease inspired us all. As a member of six project teams, Roger devoted countless hours to advancing research into polycystic kidney disease, living donor transplantation, dialysis symptoms, and innovative treatments. His intelligence and insight were highly valued by his fellow patient partners and team members.
Even in the face of health challenges, Roger remained highly motivated to do whatever he could to improve the transplant experience for other patients and to help identify better treatment options. Roger’s selfless determination to help others will continue to remind us of the importance of the work we do across Can-SOLVE CKD and beyond.
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.