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The Noble Park community is making a song and dance to help Jessica Arena battle crippling illness. Rob Wood runs a karaoke group with Dandenong U3A and plays in a rock and roll band.
“Jessica’s mum Freda comes along to our karaoke group and sometimes brings Jessica with her guide dog,” he said.
“They are having huge expenses with things such as taxi fares for hospital visits, so my wife and I decided – with volunteers from the karaoke group – to hold a concert to raise funds to help them out.”
The Scout hall in Jennings Street, Noble Park, will host the event from 11am to 3.30pm on Sunday 4 September.
“I think it’s amazing,” Jessica said.
“No-one’s ever really done anything like this before.”
The 32-year-old started suffering swollen glands when she was seven years old but didn’t have a diagnosis until she was 17.
Doctors discovered her kidney function was at 20 per cent and that she had Sjogrens syndrome.
“It inflamed her whole body and apparently it had attacked her kidneys,” her mum Freda Gentle said.
“They decided the way to stem the inflammation was to put her on high doses of steroids.
“She went from 62 kilos to 112 kilos in a matter of months. She was unrecognizable.”
Three months later, doctors discovered that Jessica needed a new hip.
“The steroids caused her to have a vascular necrosis in the hips,” Freda said.
“They explained to us that it was like a Violet Crumble bar.
“If you wet it, it goes to mush. That’s what happened to her bone.”
Jessica’s kidney troubles continued in the background.
“I put my hand up to give her a kidney,” Freda.
“They found out I had kidney cancer.”
Freda fought cancer while Jessica received dialysis. She received a kidney almost five years later. “When you’re on dialysis and your kidneys don’t work you don’t urinate. All the fluid was building up in the body,” Jessica said.
“I had eight to 10 litres of fluid in the body, which was affecting the heart.
“I needed heart surgery to release the fluid from the heart sack.”
Post-operation she contracted golden staph and it attacked her new hip.
“The only way they could get rid of the infection was to take out the hip replacement totally,” Freda said.
“She was without a hip for about four years, walking around with a crutch. One hip was five centimeters shorter than the other.”
Jessica did receive a new hip down the track, and had the other replaced also.
But after the infection she lost her peripheral vision and is now legally blind and unable to drive.
Jessica was eventually put on a medication that suppressed her inflammation but had to stop taking it 12 months ago because at $10,000 per six-monthly treatment, it was too expensive.
Call 9711 1118 for more information about the concert.
Disc 1 1 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 2 A Day In The Life - The Beatles 3 A Groovy Kind Of Love - Wayne Fontana, The Mindbenders 4 A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles 5 A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You - The Monkees 6 A Picture Of You - Joe Brown, The Bruvvers 7 A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 8 A World Without Love - Peter And Gordon 9 Alfie - Cilla Black 10 All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks 11 All My Loving - The Beatles 12 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 13 Baby Love - Diana Ross, The Supremes 14 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival 15 Bad To Me - Billy J Kramer, The Dakotas
Disc 2 1 Be My Baby - The Ronettes 2 Bend Me Shape Me - Amen Corner 3 Big Girls Don't Cry - Frankie Valli, Four Seasons 4 Bits And Pieces - Dave Clark Five 5 Black Is Black - Los Bravos 6 Blackberry Way - The Move 7 Blowing In The Wind - Peter Paul And Mary 8 Bobby's Girl - Susan Maughan 9 Born Free - Matt Munro 10 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka 11 Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison 12 Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations 13 But I Do - Clarence Frogman Henry 14 California Dreaming - Mamas And The Papas 15 California Girls - Beach Boys
1 Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles 2 Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley 3 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Andy Williams 4 Careless Hands - Des O'connor 5 Catch The Wind - Donovan 6 Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers 7 Chapel Of Love - Dixie Cups 8 Come On Over To My Place - The Drifters 9 Come See About Me - Diana Ross, The Supremes 10 Concrete And Clay - Unit Four Plus Two 11 Cupid - Sam Cooke 12 Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals 13 Dancing In The Street - Martha And The Vandellas 14 Daydream - Lovin Spoonful 15 Daydream Believer - The Monkees
1 Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks 2 Delilah - Tom Jones 3 Diane - The Bachelors 4 Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann 5 Do You Believe In Magic - Lovin Spoonful 6 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry And The Pacemakers 7 Don't Throw Your Love Away - The Searchers 8 Don't Treat Me Like A Child - Helen Shapiro 9 Downtown (Original 60's Version) - Petula Clark 10 Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Mama Cass Elliot 11 Eight Days A Week - The Beatles 12 Elenore - The Turtles 13 Everlasting Love - Gloria Estefan 14 Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis 15 Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry And The Pacemakers
1 Fire - Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 2 Fire Brigade - The Move 3 Flowers In The Rain - The Move 4 Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats 5 From Me To You - The Beatles 6 Funny How Love Can Be - Ivy League 7 Game Of Love - Wayne Fontana, The Mindbenders 8 Get Off Of My Cloud - Rolling Stones 9 Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five 10 Go Now - Moody Blues 11 God Only Knows - Beach Boys 12 Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley 13 Good Vibrations - Beach Boys 14 Got To Get You Into My Life - Cliff Bennett, Rebel Rousers 15 Halfway To Paradise - Billy Fury
1 Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka 2 Happy Together - The Turtles 3 Have I The Right - The Honeycombs 4 He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - The Hollies 5 Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson 6 Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes 7 Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling - The Fortunes 8 Hey Baby - Bruce Channel 9 Hey Jude - The Beatles 10 Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck 11 Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles 12 House Of The Rising Sun - Eric Burdon, The Animals 13 I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops 14 I Can't Let Maggie Go - Honeybus 15 I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
1 I Got You Babe - Sonny And Cher 2 I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye 3 I Like It - Gerry And The Pacemakers 4 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 5 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Bobbie Gentry 6 I'm Alive - The Hollies 7 I'm Hurt - Timi Yuro 8 I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits 9 I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee 10 I'm Waiting For The Man - Velvet Underground 11 In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley 12 In The Year 2525 - Zager And Evans 13 It Might As Well Rain Until September - Carole King 14 Itchycoo Park - Small Faces 15 It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones
1 It's My Party - Lesley Gore 2 It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones 3 It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) - Elvis Presley 4 It's Over - Roy Orbison 5 It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops 6 I've Gotta Get A Message To You - Bee Gees 7 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley 8 Jesamine - The Casuals 9 Jimmy Mack - Martha And The Vandellas 10 Judy In Disguise - John Fred, Playboy Band 11 Jumping Jack Flash - Rolling Stones 12 Just One Look - The Hollies 13 Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group 14 Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees 15 Lazy Sunday - Small Faces
1 Leader Of The Pack - Shangri Las 2 Let It Be - The Beatles 3 Let's Hang On - Four Seasons 4 Let's Jump The Broomstick - Brenda Lee 5 Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan 6 Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw 7 Love Me Do - The Beatles 8 Make It Easy On Yourself - Walker Brothers 9 Mellow Yellow - Donovan 10 Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann 11 Monday Monday - Mamas And The Papas 12 Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds 13 Mrs Robinson - Simon And Garfunkel 14 My Boy Lollipop - Millie 15 My Guy - Mary Wells
1 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 2 Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues 3 Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison 4 Paint It Black - Rolling Stones 5 Pied Piper - Crispian St Peters 6 Please Don't Tease - Cliff Richard 7 Please Please Me - The Beatles 8 Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson 9 Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann 10 Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison 11 Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival 12 Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw 13 Reflections Of My Life - Marmalade 14 Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck 15 Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
1 Respect - Aretha Franklin 2 Return To Sender - Elvis Presley 3 Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades 4 Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash 5 Runaround Sue - Dion And The Belmonts 6 Runaway - Del Shannon 7 Running Bear - Johnny Preston 8 Sailor - Petula Clark 9 Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters 10 Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin 11 Shaking All Over - Johnny Kidd And The Pirates 12 She Loves You - The Beatles 13 Sheila - Tommy Roe 14 Sherry - Frankie Valli, Four Seasons 15 She's Not There - The Zombies
1 She's Not You - Elvis Presley 2 Shout - Lulu 3 Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding 4 Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield 5 Stand By Me - Ben E King 6 Sugar And Spice - The Searchers 7 Sugar Sugar - The Archies 8 Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard 9 Summer In The City - Lovin Spoonful 10 Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks 11 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley 12 Sweet Nothings - Brenda Lee 13 Sweet Talking Guy - The Chiffons 14 Sweets For My Sweet - The Searchers 15 Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
1 Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valence 2 That's What Love Will Do - Joe Brown, The Bruvvers 3 The Boat That I Row - Lulu 4 The Carnival Is Over - The Seekers, Judith Durham 5 The Crying Game - Dave Berry 6 The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck 7 The Legend Of Xanadu - Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich 8 The Letter - Box Tops 9 The More I See You - Chris Montez 10 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee 11 The Young Ones - Cliff Richard 12 There Goes My Everything - Engelbert Humperdinck 13 There's Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw 14 These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra 15 Things - Bobby Darin
1 Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkins 2 Three Steps To Heaven - Eddie Cochran 3 Ticket To Ride - The Beatles 4 Tired Of Waiting For You - The Kinks 5 Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson, The Miracles 6 Twist And Shout - The Beatles 7 Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke 8 Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris 9 Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers 10 Walk Right Back - Everly Brothers 11 Walking Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro 12 Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks 13 We Can Work It Out - The Beatles 14 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - Eric Burdon, The Animals 15 What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
1 Where Did Our Love Go - Diana Ross, The Supremes 2 Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt 3 Where The Boys Are - Connie Francis 4 Wild Thing - The Troggs 5 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles 6 With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles 7 Yesterday - The Beatles 8 Yesterday Man - Chris Andrews 9 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield 10 You Really Got Me - The Kinks 11 You Were Made For Me - Freddie And The Dreamers 12 Young Girl - Gary Puckett, The Union Gap 13 You're My World - Cilla Black 14 You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes 15 You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Righteous Brothers
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