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MINNESOTA — Greta Hokanson was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 16-years-old.

She desperately needed a bone marrow transplant to live, and neither of her sisters were a match.

Cue Danny Daniels, an Air National Guard member who’s currently stationed in Arizona.

He was a match, and his donation saved Greta’s life.

The pair reportedly met once and kept contact on Facebook.

Nine years later, Greta invited Daniels to her wedding.

Greta’s big day was Oct. 10, and she was ecstatic when she got Danny’s RSVP.

“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.

Hokanson said she wanted him there because he was the one who made the wedding possible. So as a form of thanks, she shared a very special dance with him.

“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 Daniels, the best part of the day was seeing Greta live 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.”