Cathy Straka

Business Owner, Army Veteran and Heart Transplant Recipient

About Me

I had the career of my dreams... traveling around the world shooting film documentaries for the Pentagon and then working for CBS and NBC TV in New York City. Unfortunately, I picked up a parasite while overseas working for the Army and it attacked my heart. By the age of 45 I needed a heart transplant. My wonderful career was over. My husband continued to work in NYC, he was also a video editor at The Today Show, and he flew back and forth from our apartment in Queens, New York to our home in Clearwater, Florida. Once I was well enough to work again I worked at a jewelry store and I worked at a consignment store, but, they were just jobs. I was not happy, challenged or fulfilled. Then, a friend came to me asking if I could design "something" that bicyclists could use to change out of their wet bicycle shorts. After doing several internet searches and finding no products available I started designing the yet to be named changing product. After many revisions Easy Change Sport was born. Then came the task of finding a manufacturing company. After that, it was getting a patent on my product. My patent is currently pending. Having no background in business I learned everything myself, from the ground up. I know I've made mistakes along the way, but, I hope to not repeat them. I'm still learning and I hope to learn from you. I've spent the better part of the first year attending bicycle events, triathlons and fitness events selling Easy Change Sport from my booth. I also started selling my product on Amazon and on my website. I'm happy to announce a portion of every sale goes to NOTE, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment. My husband recently passed away, quite unexpectedly. I'm trying to get over the shock of his sudden death while I deal with running my household, taking care of everything outside of my house and trying to launch Easy Change Sport. We all have a lot on our plates, but, I'm thankful to be alive and I cherish each day that I have with my family and friends. I'm a great listener and I'm always willing to lend a hand whenever I'm able. I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful group.

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