A joint effort between VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the Brunes family to ensure that we have specialists in B.C. to treat patients with complex cardiac issues.

Paul Brunes was an amazing son, brother and friend who lived his short life to the fullest. On March 13, 2010, Paul died suddenly at the age of 31 from problems associated with an irregular heartbeat (or arrthymia).

It is believed up to 28,000 young Canadians, like Paul, live with an undiagnosed cardiac rhythm disorder and as many as 700 to 1,200 deaths of young people occur each year as a result.

Paul was easy-going, energetic, fun-loving, vibrant, healthy, active, generous, and he had the gift of being able to transcend racial, political, and class boundaries making him the most likeable guy on the planet.

To ensure Paul’s life is honoured in a lasting way, his family has partnered with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to raise $3.5 million to establish a Professorship in Heart Rhythm Disorders at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).

The Professorship will boost research for these conditions, increase education for medical professionals, and improve patient care for British Columbians with these disorders.

1. www.paulbrunesfoundation.org

2. To raise $3.5 million dollars and establish a Professorship in heart rhythm disorders in Paul’s name at Vancouver General Hospital.