PORT RICHEY — Christine Curti of Holiday spent most of her life with only one kidney. About six years ago, she fell while horsing around with family and went into renal failure. The quality of life for the 50-year-old dropped rapidly and she was chained to a dialysis machine for 9 hours a day.
The hunt for a replacement kidney was on. Enter Valerie Maupin, a 24-year-old from California.
She found Curti's story on a Facebook group called "Find a Kidney Central." The two talked and hit it off, and the surgery was performed at Shands Hospital in Gainesville on Nov. 13. Both women are recovering, but now Curti faces the costs of living with a donated kidney.
There are drugs she'll have to take for the rest of her life as well as formidable medical costs. To help offset those, there will be a talent show and fundraiser for Curti at VFW 7845, 6315 Stone Road, Port Richey, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Admission is a $10. The event will include a raffle, buffet dinner, entertainment by KC and the Vocal Chords and a square dance performance.