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'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free
'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A young Greenville area girl who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for nearly two years is now cancer free and back home.

Bree Town returned home from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Michael Walsh says she’s still battling illnesses as her immune system rebuilds, but doctors have deemed her leukemia free.

Bree has had more than 75 blood transfusions since she was diagnosed on May 1, 2012.  Her family was told she had just a 60 percent cancer of survival; a survival dependent on generous strangers who donated hundreds of units of blood and became registered bone marrow donors in her honor.

“The community has rallied so much around this girl and this family, it’s amazing,” says Walsh.

In December 2013, doctors found one donor was a 100 percent match for Bree.  She underwent surgery earlier this year.

Walsh says doctors won’t release the name of Bree’s bone marrow donor for at least a year, if at all.  Some donors choose to remain anonymous.  

Bree will have regular screenings to make sure the leukemia doesn’t return, but her family is very thankful to have her back home.

WZZM 13 began following Bree's battle against leukemia back in November 2013.  You can find our full report here.