Thanksgiving has come and gone, and all over the country, families came together to celebrate. We feel like Thanksgiving is definitely one of the more family-oriented holidays, don't you agree? So many families celebrate other holidays in their own ways, but for the most part, Thanksgiving means connecting with your extended family, with relatives near and far, and sharing a meal prepared with love. Sure, there are some stressful moments, like when your uncle who always says something offensive pours his third glass of wine, or you forget to take the giblet bag out of the turkey and you don't realize it until the bird has been in the over for two hours. Regardless of the ways it can go wrong, we love Thanksgiving because it means we get to spend time with our families. For one man in Denver, this Thanksgiving was especially memorable. Thanks to the home DNA kit from 23andMe, Robb Collins was able to meet his long-lost relatives. It's the type of reunion you only hear about in movies, but this one is 100% legit.
In August of this year, Michael Robinson got some surprising news from his father. His father had received an email from a man named Robb Collins, who had tracked Robinson's father down when he found someone matching his DNA after taking a home DNA test from 23andMe. The results from that test showed that Collins was related to Michael Robinson. In fact, they were brothers.
Robinson's dad was in the Navy and visiting Manila when he met Collins' mother. She became pregnant, but Robinson's father had left the city before Collins was born. Back in the 80's, there was no Facebook or 23andMe community to connect with relatives, so she had no one of tracking him down. But thanks to 23andMe and their genetic testing, Collins was able to find and connect with not only his father, but his brother and other family members, as well. On Thanksgiving, he flew to Denver to meet Michael Robinson, his father, and sister in person for the very first time. That must have been quite the emotional hello!
This is such a heartwarming story, and we wish Robb, Michael, and their entire family the best as they start to build on that first amazing meeting.