Bride shares special dance with the donor who saved her life
It's a tradition at weddings for the bride to have a special dance with her father or husband, but one bride in Minnesota chose a different man to share this dance with -- the bone marrow donor who saved her life.
When doctors diagnosed Greta Perske with leukemia when she was 15 years old, it seemed like a death sentence. Physicians told her family that finding a bone marrow donor was the teen's only chance of survival, the St. Cloud Times reported.
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It seemed almost fortuitous that her match ended up being Danny Daniels. As a former member of the Arkansas Air National Guard, Daniels spent his career saving the lives of others. And by donating his bone marrow to Perske in 2007, he saved yet another one.
Eight years later, Perske repaid the favor by saving Daniels a dance at her wedding. Although they had only ever met in person once before, the bond the two shared could never be diminished. When Greta and her fiancee, Tony, were planning their wedding, they sent Daniels and his wife an invitation, which he was happy to accept.
Tears flowed freely during the dance as both were overcome with emotion.
The former airman got a standing ovation from the audience when the bride's family introduced him at the ceremony.
"I said in my speech at the wedding, 'Danny, we told you this before — you didn't just save Greta's life, you saved all of our lives,'" Greta's mother, Jan Perske, told the crowd in a speech.
Although the 24-year-old still deals with some peripheral physical afteraffects of leukimia, the St. Cloud Times reports that the bride is not looking back.
As a newlywed and a nurse, Greta knows her life today is nothing like it could have been if Daniels had not been a match.
"I'm humbled by all of it," Daniels said.
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