GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- 10-year-old Bree Town sits in her isolation room at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and counts. Not how many days she has left in the hospital, but the number of blood transfusions she's had.
Bree, has acute myeloid leukemia. "Yeah we were in denial. We were devastated really," said her mother Jennifer, who took Bree to the doctor eight months ago for a sore throat and fever. That led to her diagnosis.
Bree has just a 60% chance of survival, and that survival is dependent on generous strangers.
"I couldn't believe it, she had over 75 blood and platelet transfusions in less than six months. It was unreal," said Jennifer, who is grateful for every single one of them. "She had to have it to survive. We were at the mercy of people we didn't even know." Like the hundreds of donors who take part in corporate blood drives like the one at Farmers Insurance in Caledonia.