Bride Shares Special Dance With The Man Who Saved Her Life


When she was 16, Greta Hokanson, was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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After joining the bone marrow registry she was connected with a compatible donor, a then 44-year-old anonymous man from Arkansas.

“My two older sisters were immediately tested to see if they were a match and they weren’t,” she told ABC. “My parents were also tested and they weren’t either. The national registry was then searched, and we learned there was a 44-year-old man from Arkansas who was a perfect match.”

 

The surgery was a success. One year after the transplant, Hokanson and her donor, Danny Daniels, met in person.

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“A year after the operation, if both parties want to, you can decide to meet,” Hokanson told BuzzFeed Life. “Before I met him, he was this amazing man who gave his bone marrow to me without knowing anything about me. It was incredible seeing him standing right there in front of me.”

The two stayed in touch over the years via Facebook and email.

Years later, when Greta was planning her wedding to now-husband Tony Hokanson, she invited Daniels and his wife. “When we were making our guest list, I told my mom that I really wanted to invite Danny and Angie, his wife,” Hokanson said.

“I had an online RSVP system, and when I got his response with the message, ‘We can’t wait to see you!’ my jaw dropped to the floor,” Hokanson said. “I got tears in my eyes, and I called Tony, who was so excited because he’d never met Danny. Only me and my parents had. I really couldn’t believe it”.

 

Having Daniels at the wedding was just the beginning. The bride and her hero shared a special dance during the reception.

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They danced to “Angels Among Us” by Alabama among the 260 guests gathered at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

 

There wasn’t a dry eye during their dance.

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“I had only seen him during [the] receiving line, so it was our first chance to talk,” Hokanson said. “I gave him my thanks again and I got really emotional. I can’t get over what his selfless act means.”

 

For the man who, a few years back, decided to help a stranger and save his life, the best part of the day was seeing Greta living the normal life he hoped she would have.

 

“I was very proud at the wedding, just like a father would be,” he told BuzzFeed Life. “It felt like my own daughter getting married.”

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