Currajah Hotel Motorcycle Show to raise funds for a local battler

Trista Cataldo, who needs a kidney transplant, will be the recipient of funds raised from this year’s Currajah Hotel Motorcycle Show.

THE annual Currajah Hotel Motorcycle Show on Saturday, September 4, is proudly raising funds for a local lady who is battling chronic kidney disease.

Each year, the bike show committee carefully chooses to support a different recipient in the local region who are doing it tough.

Prizes will be awarded in 11 motorcycle categories, and the family-friendly event will feature live music by Phil Houston (Lazy Tradie), hot food, games, cold drinks, a sausage sizzle, and overnight camping is available.

A monster raffle is being run on the day, with over $2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. Tickets are $1 each and will be drawn at the bike show.

Gates open at 12.00pm and the entry fee is $5, with children under 16 free.

Trista Cataldo, aged 33 has IgA Nephropathy, which is a chronic kidney disease (CKD), and her function is 5%, which is in Stage 5 – renal failure.

IgA Nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease, is a common kidney disease and occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) builds up in the kidneys. It can only be diagnosed through a kidney biopsy.

This causes local inflammation and, over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

In 2013, at the age of 26, Cataldo was first diagnosed with this auto-immune disease. At the time, Cataldo and her partner were trying to start a family and had been through a gruelling round of IVF treatment, which was unsuccessful.

After Cataldo transferred to a new GP in Cairns, they noticed her kidney function was declining from past results. She was then referred to a kidney specialist in Townsville.

Her GFR was 69% at the time a biopsy was conducted, which confirmed a diagnosis of IgA Nephropathy and, subsequently, she was put onto the medication Ramipril, which kept the auto-immune disease at bay for a few years.

Things seemed to be improving, until Cataldo contracted an UTI, which caused a rapid decline in her kidney function. 

She then became very sick with gastroenteritis, which pushed her into the early stages of renal failure.

As a result, Cataldo had minor surgery and is now undergoing haemodialysis twice a week for four hours at a time at Innisfail Hospital. 

As her health declined, she was forced to reduce work from full-time to ten hours per week.

Cataldo needs a kidney transplant, and after extensive testing her parents Mark and Donna are a match. 

All funds raised from the bike show and raffle will assist Trista and her parents with medical costs, medication, and accommodation in Brisbane, as she will need to relocate for a few months for the transplant.

Trista needs the support of the local community and is extremely grateful to the organisers of the Currajah Hotel Bike Show for their generosity.

For updates on her progress, please visit Trista’s IgA Nephropathy Journey Facebook page.

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