Beloved Australian actor Stephen Curry considers his good friend Lesley Tozer his hero for her courage to face kidney disease.
Tozer, a mother of one child, has one percent kidney function and must undergo five hours of dialysis three times a week.
“Lesley is my hero. She fought this so amazingly and to watch your partner go through this constant battle that Lesley is fighting, it breaks your heart,” Curry said. A current matter.
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“There are so many people in Lesley’s position who don’t have to be.”
Curry has been an on-screen favorite since his breakout role in The castle (1997).
He also played Graham Kennedy in The king (2007) and jockey Damien Oliver in The cup (2011).
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Tozer is married to one of Curry’s close friends from high school and Tozer’s son Max is good friends with Curry’s son Arlo.
At the age of 29, Tozer was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome.
Due to the damage it caused, she needs a life-saving kidney transplant.
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Tozer has been waiting for a transplant match for over a decade.
“I started dialysis (in) 2012 when my son was five months old. I’ve been on the transplant waiting list ever since,” Tozer said.
“I’ve always said that one of my main goals is to see the guys turn 18.”
Curry and Tozer are speaking out for the Red Socks Run for kidney health awareness.
The Red Socks Run challenges Australians to walk, run or cycle 60 kilometers in October.
The distance represents the 60 hours per month that the average person with kidney disease must spend on dialysis.
Actor Michala Banas also supports the cause.
“I was really unwell as a child. Really, really unwell, in and out of the hospital,” Banas said.
“My parents trusted their instinct(s) and took me to (a) doctor. Two days later I had surgery.
“The operation was supposed to take two hours. It took six hours.
“When they went in, it was just a disaster area. I only have one kidney now.
“My goal in supporting this cause is to raise money for Kidney Health Australia to support Aussies living with this insidious disease, as well as encourage people to get their kidney function checked.
“It’s such an easy test.
“You can lose 90 percent of your kidney function with no symptoms, which is terrifying and then it’s too late.”
For more information about The Red Socks Run, visit: here.
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