Reason to “Bree-Lieve”: Greenville girl continues to beat the odds

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GREENVILLE, Mich., -- Looking at Bree Town these days, it's hard to believe how far she's come in just a year.

Last November, the 11-year-old received the devastating news that her acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had returned and that she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.  After hundreds turned out for community bone marrow drives around West Michigan, Bree and her family learned the perfect match had been found overseas.

Her donor, an unidentified man in his early 20's from Germany, was able to provide lifesaving stem cells to the Baldwin Heights fifth grader.

Just weeks after receiving the transplant, Bree was able to return home in March. Against doctors' expectations, she was also able to return to school at the beginning of the year.

Watch the video above to see what Bree is up to now and what she thinks about possibly meeting her donor one day.

FOX 17 first introduced you to Bree in June 2012 as she worked to pay it forward to other kids at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, despite being diagnosed with AML. She captured the hearts of many in West Michigan and around the world who follow her progress on Facebook.

To learn more, visit her "We Bree-Lieve" page here.

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