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'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope
'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- A 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia is getting good news right in time for Christmas.

Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Mike Walsh says doctors have found a 100 percent bone marrow match for Bree Town.  Walsh says Bree went back into the hospital Tuesday, downtrodden because of upcoming chemo treatments before doctors shared the news.  This match gives Bree the best possible chance at beating leukemia.   Walsh says Bree still has another round of chemotherapy, but doctors may be able to do a bone marrow transplant as early as January.

Walsh says little is known about Bree’s donor except that he is young and healthy with marrow that  also matches certain markers usually considered a luxury for bone marrow recipients.  It’s not clear yet if the willing donor was one of the hundreds of people who attended the Greenville Community Bone Marrow Drive or other drives organized in honor of Bree.

Bree has had more than 75 blood transfusions since she was diagnosed May 1, 2012. Bree needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, on top of additional blood transfusions.  WZZM 13 profiled Bree and her fight to live last month.  You can find the story here.

For more information on how you can help others in need like Bree, visit the Be The Match Foundation website here.