MARQUETTE - Carrie Myotte paused for just a second when asked what kind of big sister Michelle Mulder has been.
"She's amazing," Myotte said. "I don't know how to put into words how amazing. She's been an inspiration with everything she's been going through. She's extremely positive and optimistic.
"Michelle never complains. She's never mean and she's always upbeat," Myotte said.
If all goes well, Myotte, who lives in Kincheloe, is going to be her sister's kidney donor in 10 days.
"I'm nervous but I am excited. My oldest son is special needs and I am a bit worried about taking care of him and his brothers, but I know their dad will help out," she said. "And I am nervous for Michelle. I hope this is a whole new beginning for her."
The sisters went to high school in Pickford and while neither lives there now, their hometown recently stepped up to help them during a benefit dinner.
"I was in a graduating class of 36, so you know the community is small," Myotte said. "And I live 11 miles away now, but the benefit, it was like I had never left. The support was amazing. We ran out of food and went through 60 pounds of ground beef for the sauce, if that tells you anything.
"I work at War Memorial Hospital (based in Sault Ste. Marie) and the support from them has been amazing, too. People are so giving, so wonderful."
Myotte's three sons, Riley, 9, Noah, 6, and Alex, 2, will be in Madison, Wis., for two weeks while their mother and aunt undergo transplant surgery.
"My middle son thinks this is a field trip," Myotte said with a laugh. "He's excited about staying in the hotel. I can't imagine myself at his age staying in a place with a game room and a pool and getting to go to Chuck E. Cheese. The boys are all really excited.
"We talk about the boo-boo I am going to have and the older boys understand it some," she said. "It will be an interesting trip, for sure."
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.