Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bride who beat cancer dances with the donor who saved her life on her wedding day

Published 29/10/2015 | 12:25

Photo Credit: Phodot Photography
Photo Credit: Phodot Photography

The touching moment an American bride danced with the man who saved her life has been captured by a talented wedding photographer.

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Greta Hokanson (24) was just 16-year-old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 but overcame the disease after a life-saving bone marrow transplant from a stranger.

Two years after her recovery, Greta had the chance to meet Danny Daniels (51) who selflessly donated his bone marrow to save her life after the pair was found to be compatible.

Earlier this month Greta married her husband Tony and the couple knew they wanted Danny to be a part of their wedding to express their gratitude.

“I can’t even describe what that feeling is,” Greta told the SC Times.

“There’s the man who saved my life, standing right in front of me.

Photo Credit: Phodot Photography
Photo Credit: Phodot Photography

“He didn’t have to do what he did, but he did.”

Danny revealed that he and his wife joined the national registry for organ donation in 2007 after his friend became ill and needed a bone marrow transplant.

“It was due to a friend of mine, when I was in the Arkansas Air National Guard,” Daniels said.

“One of our members became ill, and needed a bone marrow transplant. That’s why my wife (Angie) and I signed up then.”

The unlikely friends Greta and Danny danced together at her wedding earlier this month.

“That was pretty special — unnecessary, because I was there for her,” Daniels said.

“It’s kind of a blur.

“We had a nice conversation while we were dancing. She got emotional — I tried to hold it together. I hope I did,” said Danny.

“I’m humbled by all of it.

“I just thank God that I was able to help someone.”

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