Most people get material gifts for Christmas; these two lucky best friends got the gift of finding out they are actually family.
For more than six decades, Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been sharing each other’s lives as best friends. Now, they will share their life as relatives — the two men from Hawaii recently found out they’re biological bothers.
According to KHON, the Oahu men were born only 15 months apart. Robinson and Macfarlane met in sixth grade and bonded over their love of cribbage. Macfarlane never knew his father, and Robinson was adopted.
After doing a search on Ancestry.com and taking DNA tests, the men discovered they had the same birth mother.
“I had a younger brother that I lost when he was 19, so I never had nieces or nephews. I thought, ‘I’ll never know my birth mother; I’ll never have any nieces or nephews,’” Robinson said.
“It was a shock — definitely a shock — but then when you thought about it, compared forearms and everything. …” Macfarlane said.
The brothers now plan to enjoy their retirement traveling together.
“This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,” Robinson said.
This is not the first time online DNA testing sites have helped reunite families, of course. Two Georgia college students from Kennesaw State University recently found out they are brothers as well.
Kieron Graham always knew he was adopted, and this holiday season was ready to find out about his biological family. His adoptive parents gave him a DNA kit, and a few weeks later the results showed that he was related to a 29-year-old Vincent Ghant, whose birthday matched the documents his adoptive parents had.
He reached out to Ghant via Facebook and discovered that they are indeed related.
y’all I just found my birth brother. I don’t know what to think. I’m about to go meet him. Turns out we go to the same college and have the same major. I can’t make this shit up pic.twitter.com/9xbQ9jx3hE
— kieron (@kc_graham) December 12, 2017
Graham was adopted when he was 3 months old. Twenty years later, the Ancestry.com DNA kit led to him learning he has a brother — who lives 15 minutes from his house.
Update: I met his wife, mother in law and my freaking beautiful niece I never knew existed. What an amazing night. pic.twitter.com/tEkHkau6QU
— kieron (@kc_graham) December 13, 2017
“I was in disbelief. It was a very surreal moment, and it took a while for it to set in,” Ghant said to GMA. “As the conversation progressed, it really hit me that this is really my brother. And it was amazing.”
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