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Posted: 4/11/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"I got divorced in 1979 and my ex-wife absconded with our son to another state during the divorce. It has been 30 years since I last saw him. A few months ago I was diagnosed with Cancer. I felt no pain or symptoms; it was during a routine blood test that my Cancer was discovered.

"My grandfather died of Cancer, and after I informed my father that I had it, he got tested. He also has Cancer and is being treated. My main objective in finding my son is not to invade his life, but to get him the medical information he needs before it's too late.

Steven worked together with Julie, SQA Researcher to find his son. He provided his ex-wife's full name, approximate birth date, and her last known location--Oklahoma. Julie put the puzzle pieces together and called Steven with his ex-wife's phone number in less than a month.

"I called Gloria first. She was surprised to hear from me, but I was more surprised that she was civil after all those years. We got caught up, talking about this or that and finally she asked if she could pass my phone number along to our son John. I said, 'of course, that's why I'm calling.' It was about 11 at night, so when I hung up the phone I got ready for bed."

The phone rang again at 11:30. It was John. "Dad, is that you?"

They spoke for three hours. For John, it was like floodgates opened and he was finally able to tell his dad everything he never got to say over the years. He had always wondered why Steven never came looking for him, and wondered if his parents' divorce was his fault. "I always imagined him living a happy life," Steven says. "I was shocked to hear about the hardships he went through over the years. I never knew how much he needed to hear me say the words 'I love you.'"

Steven also found out that he is a grandfather. He has a daughter-in-law and 2 beautiful grandchildren. "There came a point in the conversation when John asked me 'why now?' It was hard to tell him I have cancer. Even harder to tell him that based on our family history, he has a 75% change of getting it too. Right now theres no tellin'", Stephen says.

Both John and Steven are grateful to be reunited, but plan to proceed with their reunion cautiously, one step at a time. To SQA, Steven wrote, "I'm very satisfied with you people. You did something I couldn't have done and I thank you."

(Written by Mica Burton on Stevens behalf.)
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