Weekend benefit set in honor of Greenville cancer patient

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 9:53 am on Thursday, May 01, 2014

GREENVILLE — Inspiration can sometimes come from a complete stranger.

Karen Mays had never met Bree Town, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, but Mays, who lives in Belding, couldn’t help but want to do something for the Greenville girl.

“Everybody, when they hear Bree’s story, wants to help her,” Mays said. “She is so inspiring; not only her, but her whole family.”

Imagining the Towns’ medical bills were piling high, Mays, who has experience organizing Tupperware events, decided to team up with her daughter, Laura Schultz, and her daughter’s girlfriend Cassandra Kingsley to put together an event for Bree.

“I love to do things to help other people. I’m just that kind of person,” Mays said. “I get more out of life by giving than receiving.”

A craft and vendor event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Klackle’s Sports Pavilion in Greenville.

“We’ve got Tupperware and just about every type of business you can think of and every type of craft you can think of,” said Mays, who booked 80 vendors from Traverse City to Lansing for the event.

The show will also feature a silent auction, raffle auction, face painting and food.

Much of the proceeds will go toward the Town family. The vendors, each independent sales people, will donate at least 10 percent and as much as all of their profits.

Each inspired by Bree’s attitude through her battle with cancer, the three organizers wanted to do their part in helping out.

“I just thought it was so amazing that even though she had cancer and was sick, she kept a smile on her face,” Kingsley said.

Schultz, too, felt compelled to assist the family after following Bree’s story online (search for “We Bree-Lieve” on Facebook for more information).

“She was doing stuff for others, even through all this she was giving to other people,” Schultz said. “It made me want to help her.”

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