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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sarnia mom is pillar of support for daughter with Cystic Fibrosis

Sarnia Observer | Tara Jeffrey

Jennifer Mavretic recently participated in the Torch of Life Walk held in Toronto to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. Mavretic and her daughter Kayla, both of Sarnia, have been at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital for nearly two months while the 23-year-old, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, waits to be listed for a double lung transplant. (Submitted photo)

When she picks up her cell phone from Toronto's St. Michael's hospital, Jennifer Mavretic's bubbly voice is filled with hope.

You'd never know she's been there, at her adult daughter's bedside, for 50 days and counting.

You'd never know she hasn't seen her husband and son — back home in Sarnia — for that same length of time, had to leave her job, and now lives in a hotel by herself.

She paces the halls to keep busy. While her daughter rests, Mavretic gets outside every once in a while, and fights loneliness with 'hospital talk,' chatting with medical staff and patrons , anyone that will listen.

It's all in the name of Kayla, her 23-year-old daughter who is losing a lifelong battle to a fatal genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis.
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