Walter Gordy and Mark Tolson have been friends for 12 years.

They’ve known each other through Gordy’s cancer diagnosis and Tolson becoming a father for the first time.

And it was each of those life-changing moments that led to Gordy and Tolson learning they had a lot more in common than they originally thought.

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Posted by Walt Gordy III on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

According to Today, Gordy was born on November 6, 1981. He was an only child, who always wanted siblings.

Then in 2014, at 32 years old, Gordy was diagnosed with lymphoma after discovering a lump on his neck.

After going through treatment and beating cancer, Gordy took a 23&Me test to learn more about his genetic history. He told Today:

“My results came back and it had DNA relatives. I see my mom’s side of the family, but on my other side of the family, I don’t have any close relatives.”

Not long after Gordy took the test, Tolson also decided to do the same after becoming a father to a baby boy.

Tolson, also an only child, was born two years after Gordy, on February 19, 1983.

He explained to Today that he wanted to take the 23&Me test in order to learn more about his family history after welcoming his own son into the world:

“I saw a part that said DNA relatives. So I clicked on that, it popped up and it said Walt Gordy III and I was like, I said, ‘Mom, I know him. Like I know him.'”

Gordy and Tolson knew each other for 12 years but had no idea that they shared the same father.


Gordy almost didn’t believe Tolson when he called him up to say, “in short, it says you’re my brother.”

Gordy said:

“I said, ‘Nah, nah, nah. Man, I’ve been knowing 12 years. Are you telling me we’re brothers?'”

According to Gordy and Toldson’s mothers, they were artificially inseminated in order to get pregnant with their sons.

They just so happened to pick the same donor and never knew it, despite both of them being members of the same church choir.

Gordy’s mother said when she first found out about her son’s half-brother, she was “stunned” but eventually “grateful”:

“We had always prayed for [Gordy] to find that fraternal part of him. And we looked at it truly as a blessing from God because our prayers were answered. Now to have Mark in his life and MJ, it’s just incredible. It’s just a beautiful joy to both of them that they have one another the rest of their lives.”

Gordy admitted that he now believes cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him because it is was led him to learn he has a half-brother.

You can watch the brothers’ full interview with Today below:

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