Friends Of 12 Years Learn They’re Half Brothers After Genetic Test | TODAY



I grew up as only child I always wanted siblings while Gordy's parents divorced when he was young and he was raised by his mother booker lynn graves i had a nice childhood my mom did a great job with me five years ago at 32 years old Walt found a lump on his neck doctors diagnosed him with lymphoma it was devastating for me because I've been healthy my entire life never had anything more than Nicole never had high blood pressure never diabetes nine months later after treatment Walt was cancer-free he took a 23andme test to learn more about his medical history my results came back and it had DNA relatives I see my mom's side of the family but on my other side of the family I don't have any close relatives Griff is an only child southeast side of Houston I would tear up and cry sometimes especially I went to a Catholic school we'd had father-son Mass and everybody else would have their dad's there and I didn't mark was raised by his mother Winifred Tolson but he was always curious about his father what's going on after the birth of his son Mark Jr he took a DNA test to learn more about his family and the results shocked him I saw a part that said DNA relatives so I clicked on that it popped up and he said Walt Gordy in the third and I was like I said mom I know him turns out mark not only knew Walt for the last 12 years they were half-brothers so I called him I pick up the phone I'm like yeah what's up mark he's like what was going on man nothing too much you know I went on 23andme and but in short it says you're my brother that's not on I said I said mama knowing you 12 years are you telling me were brothers who do you think you're run faster now you 35 years later I found that I had a brother you know so that's pretty amazing to me and then in the end all the pain all the hurt that I went through all around with it was all worth it knowing that I have a blessing at the end I can't believe it and we're joined now by mark Tolson senior and Walter Gordy the third along with both of their mothers this morning Winnie and Booker welcome to all of you start here so you thought that he was inviting you to a party when he called I did so he called me and I'm I saw his name pop up on my cell phone so I'm okay was he doing calling me so he calls he's like why are you doing sound fine I said good okay what's up have you ever heard this 23andme I said yeah I heard about it I'm on there my mom's on there my cousin's on there it's real accurate I'm 82 percent West African 60% European it's a really accurate sight he said really I said yeah that's okay I said yeah I did my limit about six weeks ago and my results came back today so we're cool what'd you find out it's I looked at my DNA relatives and you're at the top of list it says Walter Gordy half-brother Wow Wow what that's kind of what we're all thinking so mom's so there was a donor an artificial insemination but it was the the same donor you both just happened to pick the same donor yes that's pretty wild because of all of this you two know each other yes yeah actually staying in the same church quiet together almost next to each other for gosh 13 years and had no idea no we never saw them really together Wow Wow so then how did they tell you guys then where'd you I mean this is a lot well I was I was at the house and I my mother just come come to the house and she was actually on the way to choir practice so um I was like hey mom the results came in you want to check him out with me so we we looked at the results I was like mom look I know him like it says he's my half-brother this is crazy I said go on boy I can only as a mother you want your sons to be able to have somebody to lean on talk to me about that part of it the heart of all of this because we're laughing but ultimately they have each other now yes and that is very consoling because initially when I first found out Walter panco phoned me at work and I was stunned but then I was very grateful because we've always prayed that he would find that fraternal part of him and we looked at it truly as a blessing from God because our prayers were answered and now to have mark in his life and MJ it's just incredible and it's just a it's just a beautiful joy to both of them that they have one another the rest of their lives mm-hmm so you guys like each other it's crazy you know a lot of people grow up together obviously as siblings and they have the fights and all those things we never went through that sleepover [Laughter] Airbnb sometimes so when its ruin it out then you know it's like man come by or you leave us how's your health how are you doing I'm doing great like I said cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me because I was able to find a blessing on the hand and my testimony I will continue to share for the rest of my life because I feel like anybody that has cancer you can look up and see something better at the end and mom I'll leave you with the last word and we have the tissues close by but what is it what is it about it that brings tears to your eyes this whole thing was it find me out the news that your son was ill finding out the news that he had a brother what about all of this has been the most emotional for you I think it it's a combination of a few things and to just sauce just solve it all in my opinion is divine intervention from God and with Walter having the bone marrow extraction that was one reason also why we went on 23andme to see if we could perhaps find a possible donor if it actually came to that so having tools for him to now move on he's cancer-free we have one more critical year survival F and I just just feel this it's just a blessing and faith bought us this far and it'll continue to take us on all the way it's a very wonderful feeling to know that he has found someone that he can lean on who's of his own blood he knows all of my family but he didn't know anyone about in his father's family but I'm so happy for you

38 thoughts on “Friends Of 12 Years Learn They’re Half Brothers After Genetic Test | TODAY”

  1. seems weird. two women same church. in the choir. know each other. both decide to get a sperm donor. Both just happened to get the same dad? Was he in the choir too??

  2. CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE AREN'T EDUCATED ABOUT SIBILINGS! IF ONE MALE'S SPERM MATES WITH TEN WOMEN, ALL THE SIBLINGS ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, PERIOD! IT'S THE MALE SPERM THAT DOMINATES. MY OLDEST SISTER WAS FATHERED BY ANOTHER MAN OTHER THEN MY DAD. WE HAVE THE SAME MOTHER BUT DIFFERENT DADS, SO THAT MAKES US HALF SISTERS. PLEASE STOP CALLING PEOPLE HALF THIS AND HALF THAT WHEN IF YOU HAVE THE SAME FATHER BUT DIFFERENT MOTHERS- YOU ARE REAL BROTHERS OR REAL SISTERS. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION TO MAKE PPL AWARE. THANKS

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