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Two Friends Discover They’re Really Brothers, Mothers in Same Church Choir Had No Idea

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I always refer to my closest girlfriends as my “sisters.” If I found out one of them was actually a biological sister, I would jump for joy.

Those without siblings often wonder what it would be like to have a built-in friend. Someone who is always there to confide in or play with.

Walt Gordy and Mark Tolson both grew up as the only child in their homes. Both admitted they wished for a sibling of their own.

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“I used to ask my mom over and over,” 36-year-old Tolson told Inside Edition. “I want a brother or a sister … when can we have one?”

Little did Tolson know, he would be in for a big surprise when he got older. He and 37-year-old Gordy met through a mutual friend.

The meeting might seem like chance, but later on it looked a lot more like providence. The two friends grew close and eventually took a 23andMe DNA test.



Both Gordy’s and Tolson’s mothers became pregnant through artificial insemination. But what are the odds those women would go to the same fertility center and have babies via the exact same donor?

Unlikely, perhaps, but not impossible. And this is exactly what happened for friends-turned-brothers Gordy and Tolson.

What’s more, their mothers sing in the same church choir together. This family was more tight knit than they ever realized — I’m calling this one a divine appointment.



The brothers told Today they’d known each other 12 years before discovering the truth about their biological relationship.

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“All the pain, all the hurt that I went through … was all worth it knowing that I have a blessing at the end,” Gordy told Today.



“I always wanted a sibling,” Gordy told Inside Edition. “I always wanted it and it never happened. “With him, it was immediate love.”

This is truly an amazing story of strong friendship and brotherly love. It just goes to show that familial bonds sometimes go much deeper than we ever expect.

Here’s to many more years of learning what it’s like to have a sibling! I hope these brothers remain close and that this miracle has reminded them just how special family can be.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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