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OKLAHOMA - At a time when most teenage girls are thinking about homecoming and prom, a Pauls Valley teen found herself in the fight for her life.

Two years ago as a 15-year-old high school sophomore, she loved playing softball.

Abby had played in numerous games the year she was diagnosed with childhood cancer.

"She started with simple headaches and nosebleeds, and it got worse from there," said Michelle Gamble, Abby's mother.

Then, one day, Gamble got a call no mother ever wants to get.

"She called and said, 'Mama, I'm sick, and I need you to take me to Children's," Gamble said.

Abby and her family ended up at The Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer where she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia.

Abby endured intense chemotherapy.

The chemo worked, but Abby relapsed.

The teen's doctors knew a bone marrow transplant was her best hope.

"Up front at the time of relapse, we probably felt like we had a 60 percent chance or so to have her go through transplant and remain in remission," said Dr. David Crawford, who treated Abby at Jimmy Everest.

We'll have the rest of Abby's journey and the gift that saved her life.

Watch 'Kids with Courage' Monday at 5 p.m. on NewsChannel 4.