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Posted: 4/8/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"My brother and I were separated when we were about one or two years old. I went to live with my father's sister Catherine and my brother went to live with my father's other sister Mary. I have always wanted to find my mother but have never been successful. I went through life wondering what happened all though years ago between my father and mother. After my aunt died I went to live with my father for about a year before I joined the Army at the age of seventeen. I have always had this empty spot in my heart from not ever knowing my mother. I have longed for her all my life."

When Alan first wrote to Search Quest America, he had no idea how to find his birth mother. He figured if anyone could do it, we could, so he took a chance. When he first signed the contract, he faxed over 18 pages of information that had been sitting in his garage for years--her full name, date and place of birth, and lots of information that for him had seemed useless.

"I never knew what to do with all that stuff. I had no idea that Cindy could use her birth date to locate her. And it only took about two weeks! I am still in awe."

After 54 years of separation, Alan and his brother were reunited with their birth mother. Alan flew from Hawaii to Minnesota to meet her. Alan realized that what he needed most wasn't answers as to what happened or why. He just needed to look into his mother's face and know that he had been loved all those years. "I don't need to know the details any more. I am just so grateful that she's still alive and well. I want to look forward, not backwards."

It was an emotional reunion for both of them. Alan admits sheepishly, "I had some tears when I saw her for the first time. I kind of broke down. We went to lunch today over at the Black Buggy. We've been driving around, doing this and that. Catching up on all those years we missed together. Most of all, I am trying to show her that I turned out to be a good man, and that I love her."

To other individuals searching for lost family members, Alan advises, "DO IT NOW. I wish I would have done it a long time ago. I was almost too late. I've been telling everyone about Search Quest America and what a great experience I have had."

To Search Quest America, he wrote, "Thanks to Cindy my mind is at ease. I finally talked with my mother after 50 plus yrs. I sent her off a package today. Her birthday is Monday. I plan to call her tomorrow.
I just want to say GREAT JOB to your whole team. If it wasn't for Search Quest America I don't think I would have ever found her. Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!"

(Written by Mica Burton on Alan's behalf.)
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