Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The best Christmas gift in their life

Alan Robinson and Walter MacFarlane first met in eighth grade, and remained best buddies for the next sixty years. Both were born and raised in Hawaii, and played football together at Punahou High School. Through the decades, they shared a special bond. Macfarlane never knew his father, and Robinson was adopted.

With help from his family, Macfarlane searched for answers over the years through the Internet and social media, but had no luck, so he turned to DNA matching Web sites. His daughter, who helped him, says "We started digging into the matches we were getting" and at the top of the list of DNA matches was the username Robi737.  MacFarlane knew his best friend's nickname was Robi and he'd flown 737s for Aloha Airlines. After a few phone calls, they found out they both have the same birth mother. Now that the shock is wearing off, the brothers plan to travel and enjoy retirement together. "This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having," Robinson said. MacFarlane agreed that "It's a Christmas miracle."

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