Pewaukee war veteran saves life of husband-to-be

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special guest will be present when Adam Myers and Sloan Braith get married Saturday, a man they've never met but who made their big day possible.

He's Jeremy Gitzlaff, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, an Iraq War veteran and former Marine Corps reservist. He donated bone marrow last year that's credited with saving the North Branch man's life from leukemia. They began texting this summer.

Saturday's wedding at a Minnesota state park will be the first time they've spoken. The two men said Friday they expect it will be an emotional meeting for both of them — as well as the bride.

Gitzlaff and Myers became connected through Be The Match, a national registry of potential bone marrow donors that says more donors are urgently needed and signing up is easy.