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Longtime Friends Find Out They’re Actually Brothers Thanks to a Cancer Diagnosis & 23andMe

By admin / Published on Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 14:55 PM / No Comments / 347 views

Imagine a cancer diagnosis leads you to take a commercialized genetic test only to discover one of your closest friends is your half-sibling.

It may sound like the plot of a feel-good Hallmark movie, but it’s the true story of longtime friends, Walter Gordy III and Mark Tolson.

The friends/brothers and their mothers appeared on the Today show to share their incredible story.

Five years ago, Gordy, was diagnosed with lymphoma after doctors found a lump on his neck. He then used a 23andMe kit to learn more about his medical history.

Other than learning his African and European ancestry, there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary from the results.

But a few years later, Gordy’s received a call from his close friend, Tolson, that changed his life forever.

“I said, ‘Man, I’ve been knowing you for 12 years. Are you telling me we’re brothers?’” Gordy—an only child (or so he thought)—recalled upon learning the shocking news from his friend-turned-half-brother.