Australian actor Stephen Curry opens up about friend’s kidney failure diagnosis

Beloved Australian actor Stephen Curry considers his close friend Lesley Tozer his hero for her courage in the face of kidney disease.

Tozer, a mother of one, has 1% kidney function and requires five-hour dialysis episodes three times a week.

“Lesley is my hero. She fought this so amazingly and seeing your mate go through this constant battle that Lesley faces is heartbreaking,” Curry said. A topical matter.

Australian actor Stephen Curry and his close friend Lesley Tozer. (A current affair)

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“There are so many people in Lesley’s position who don’t need to be.”

Curry has been a 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 mug (2011).

Lesley Tozer. (A current affair)

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Tozer is married to one of Curry’s good buddies in high school, and Tozer’s son, Max, is good friends with Curry’s son, Arlo.

At the age of 29, Tozer was diagnosed with Good Pasture Syndrome.

The damage done means she needs a kidney transplant to save her life.

Lesley Tozer has been diagnosed with goodpasture syndrome. (A current affair)

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Tozer has been waiting for a transplant match for over a decade.

“I started dialysis (in) 2012, when my little boy was five months old. Since then, I’ve been on the waiting list for a transplant,” Tozer said.

“I’ve always said that one of my main goals was to see the boys turn 18.”

Curry and Tozer speak ahead of the Red Socks Run for kidney health awareness.

Michala Banas also supports the cause. (A current affair)

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 living with kidney disease must spend on dialysis.

Actor Michala Banas also supports the cause.

“I was really sick as a kid. Really, really bad, inside and outside the hospital,” Banas said.

“My parents trusted their instincts (and) took me to (a) doctor. I had surgery two days later.

Actor Michala Banas (A Current Affair)

“The operation was supposed to last two hours. It took six.

“When they came in it was just a disaster area. I only have one kidney now.

“My aim in supporting this cause is to help generate funds for Kidney Health Australia to support Australians living with this insidious condition, but also to encourage people to have their kidney function checked.

“It’s such an easy test.

“You can lose 90% of your kidney function, without any symptoms, which is terrifying and then it’s too late.”

For more information on the Red Sock Race, visit here.

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