Patricia reunites with her brother after 50 years apart

Patricia, age 67, grew up in the foster system with her half-brother Steve. Unfortunately, their foster family could no longer care for them and they were separated when Patricia was just 10 years old. They only saw each other one more time during their teenage years.

Years later, as adults, a DNA test helped the siblings reconnect. Over time, they rebuilt their relationship through phone calls—talking every single week. But it was not the same as the idea of seeing each other.

That’s why Wish of a Lifetime was thrilled to grant Patricia’s wish and help her see Steve in-person for the first time in 50 years!

Wish recipient Patricia sits reunited with brother Steve

Wish granted: 2019

Patricia flew from her home in Charlotte, NC to Norman, OK for an emotional and fulfilling visit with her long-lost brother. It was quite an emotional experience for the both of them.

Steve shared with Patricia that throughout their years apart, he and his family still celebrated Patricia’s birthday ever year—even when they had no idea where she was. He said the visit brought clarity for both of them and they were able to pick up where they left off.

“It’s a bond that can never be broken… Just seeing my brother and hugging him is emotional to think about. It makes me happy and gives me hope.”

– Patricia, age 67

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