Walter Gordy all grew up as an only child and always wanted siblings. However, it turned out he had a brother all along. At the age of 33-year-old Gordy was diagnosed with lymphoma and took a genetic test through 23andMe to learn more about his medical history.
He was shocked to learn he and his longtime friend, Mark Tolson, were half brothers. Tolson was also curious about his own ancestry, had taken a 23andMe test and was first to discover Gordy was his brother.
“I saw a part that said DNA relatives, so I clicked on that,” he told Today. “It popped up and it said Walt Gordy III, and I said, ‘Mom, I know him! I know him!’”
Tolson immediately called Gordy to tell him the news, which came as a total shock to both men.
“I said, ‘Man, I’ve been knowing you for 12 years,’” Gordy recalled of their conversation.
“‘Are you telling me we’re brothers?’”
“Thirty-five years later, I find out I have a brother. So that’s pretty amazing to me,” said Tolson. Both of the men’s mothers say they were impregnated by artificial insemination and had unknowingly chosen the same donor.
Gordy and Tolson, have known each other for years and even sing in the same church choir.
Gordy’s mother, Booker Lynne Graves, said she was stunned by the news, but grateful that her son had discovered a new part of himself.
“We’ve always prayed that he would find that fraternal part of him,” Graves said.
“And we truly look at it as a blessing from God because our prayers were answered. It’s just a beautiful joy to both of them that they have one another the rest of their lives.”
Gordy is now can-cer free after nine months of treatment but is grateful for the disease because he wound up with a blessing in the end.
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