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Cancer survivor gets surprise of a lifetime

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After winning the battle against cancer a young woman got the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday.

Mid-Michigan's Emma Hudson is alive thanks to a donor from Texas.

Hudson won her battle with leukemia. The fight began in 2009 when she discovered she not only had the cancer, but a specific type her doctors called the worst kind.

"The words 'Emma you have leukemia' still haunt my ears," Hudson said.

She now has no sign of cancer after a bone marrow transplant from a stranger. She had the chance to tell her story at Hurley Medical Center on Tuesday.

When she was finished telling her story, Hudson got the surprise of her lifetime. 

George Schmitz, Hudson's donor, flew from Texas Tuesday morning to surprise Hudson.

"It took me a minute. I've never even heard his voice, but to hear him say, 'Emma I'm your donor. I was like what? It's just too amazing. I don't know if I even have feelings right now," Hudson said.

The two have never met, but they talk online daily.

"The hardest part was keeping it a secret because we're not good with secrets and she's smarter than me," Schmitz said.

Schmitz's mom took the trip with him. 

She said it's amazing to see the two together.

"I was pretty proud of him before, but it's very hard to think about what would've happened if he wasn't able to do this," Liza Schmitz said.

Be the Match organization was there to encourage others to donate bone marrow samples.

"He's been such an amazing person and to do something like this is above and beyond anything I've ever seen," Hudson said. 

Thanks to Be the Match Bone Marrow Organization, Hudson now has hopes far into the future. 

She said she wants to be a pediatric nurse to help children fight the battles that she's now won.

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