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UPDATE: Sartell Leukemia Survivor, Bone Marrow Donor Appear on ‘Ellen’

SARTELL — A Sartell Leukemia survivor, her husband, and the bone marrow donor who saved her life will share their story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Sartell native Greta Perske married Tony Hokanson in October. The family invited Danny Daniels, the 51-year-old Arkansas man who had saved Perske’s life with a bone marrow transplant in 2007, to the wedding where the two shared a dance — a heartwarming end to a story that went viral soon after.

“It’s been a whirlwind of activity and lots of fun and excitement in our family,” says Greta’s mother, Jan Perske. “To see this turn out so wonderfully with Greta’s health, and the success of her bone marrow transplant, and now for her to be on the Ellen Show to spread this message — it’s like the whole story has come full-circle for our family.”

Perske, Hokanson and Daniels were flown out to California for Monday’s filming of the syndicated daytime talk show.

“I think Greta and Tony are probably the most excited,” Perske says. “Joe (Greta’s father) and I are thrilled that they can give this message to people, it’s just a win-win for the whole family — we’re all really excited for Greta.”

Jan Perske says she and Greta’s father were not able to go out and see the taping of the episode because of the show’s sold-out holiday schedule.

“It’s kind of exciting to watch it and just see what happens tomorrow.”

The episode will air at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on WCCO Channel 4.

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