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'We Bree-lieve': Mother of Bree Town asking for prayers

'We Bree-lieve': Mother of Bree Town asking for prayers

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The mother of a 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia is asking for the community’s prayers as her daughter tries to recover from a bone marrow transplant.

Bree Town recently received the bone marrow transplant from a donor who was a complete match.  However, her mother says on Facebook that she’s not feeling well; she says Bree is continuously vomiting and dealing with excruciating pain as her body reacts to the new stem cells.

Jennifer Town writes, “She's just a baby who shouldn't have to even go through this. Bree, hang in there sweetie this will be over soon and it's going to get better. Soon you'll be coloring, playing Super Mario Brothers, and more importantly can be back with your big sister, Madison.  Love you sweetheart.”

My Town Greenville: Elementary schools to host Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer

My Town Greenville: Elementary schools to host Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Hair will be everywhere Friday, Feb. 21 as every elementary school in the Greenville Public School district hosts Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer.

Students who want to wear their hair however they’d like must donate at least $0.25.  The donations will go to the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, which raises money for alternative therapies and treatments for children with cancer.

Belding police offer place to safely dispose of drugs

Belding police offer place to safely dispose of drugs

BELDING, Mich.— Statistics indicate more Michigan residents are dying from prescription drug abuse than from using heroin and cocaine combined.

 Now is your chance to keep your unwanted prescription drugs out of the hands of abusers.

The Ionia County Sheriff Department and Belding Police Department want to remind residents about two prescription drug boxes that are now available for use. Residents can drop off prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, no questions asked.  The drop box in Belding is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 South Pleasant Street.  No needles will be accepted.

For more information, call (616) 527-5341.

Elementary students prepare to scrub up for surgery Feb. 14

GREENVILLE, Mich.---  While many students will be trading candy hearts on Valentine’s Day next Friday, students at Baldwin Heights and Lincoln Heights elementary schools will be conducting open heart surgery alongside doctors.

This is the third year for the district’s Mini Medical School.  For half of the school day, fifth grade students will learn all about the medical industry, from performing CPR under the instruction of Montcalm Community College nursing students, to examining blood samples under a microscope and even performing fake surgery alongside doctors from Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Greenville High School on the 'Hunt For A Cure'

Greenville High School on the 'Hunt For A Cure'

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville is covered in purple as the city continues to celebrate Hunt For A Cure 2014.

Hunt For A Cure started five years ago, and has since grown to a month-long event, culminating with a set of basketball games benefitting cancer research and patient support at Spectrum Health United Hospital’s Cancer Center.  This year’s games are Friday, Jan. 31.  The girls’ game is at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m. at Greenville High School.  Michigan Blood is also holding a blood drive earlier in the day, with $10 going to Hunt For A Cure for every person who signs up to donate.

For more information, visit the Hunt For A Cure 2014 Facebook page here.

Old gym has life-saving purpose Jan. 22

Old gym has life-saving purpose Jan. 22

BELDING, Mich.—Belding High School is turning its old gymnasium into a life-saving haven.

On Jan. 22, the old gym will host a student council blood drive.  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. All donations will go to the American Red Cross. 

No appointment is needed; simply sign in at the main office and you will be escorted to the gym.

'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.