Kathleen McGlade was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 1992 and she was given up for adoption, which was orchestrated through an agency that no longer exists. With little to go on the chances of locating her birth mother weren’t very good as she had no avenue to take. Then Kathleen had an idea, she would make a plea on her Facebook page and see if the social media could carry her search to find her mother further than she could on her own, according to Yahoo Parenting News on May 28.
The 22-year-old’s search for her biological mother entailed posting a picture of herself that went viral. In the photo she is holding a sign that said:
“Hi! My name is Kathleen McGlade and I’m trying to locate my birth mother. I was born at home in Easton, PA on September 21, 1992 and brought to Easton Hospital in Easton, PA. I was then put up for adoption through Catholic Social Agency Diocese of Allentown. Please share this and help me find her! Please and thank you!”
One thing for sure, any mom would be proud to call this beautiful young woman her daughter. The photo was shared over 10,000 times making McGlade an overnight social media star. Feeling like her life has become a “Lifetime” movie with all the attention she was getting, she was thrilled, but what she really wanted was to find her biological mom or anyone who may have known who she is. Through all this she had her adoptive parents’ blessing to continue her search. Then something surprising happened just 24 hours after her picture was posted online, reports People Magazine.
A woman called to say that she thought that her mother was the woman McGlade was looking for. After communicating back and forth for a while, the two believed that they are sisters. The two women had many uncanny things in common. While it sounds promising, no one can be sure without DNA testing. It is bizarre how people find their relatives in life sometimes even before they set out on that search. According to a WGN TV News archived article, a woman searching for her mother finds she had been married to her brother for seven years.
Both husband and wife had been searching for their biological mother in Brazil at different times in their lives, but they never even imagined that she could be one in the same woman. Still, with all the people in the world these two meet and fall in love. People have found out that their best friend is a long lost relative or a cousin they didn’t know they had. Is it fate or something deep within the gene pool that draws people together as friends or even lovers not knowing that they are family members?
Although McGlade believes she is this woman’s sister, there is only one way to know for sure and that is through a DNA test. With DNA testing being such a pricy venture, McGlade once again took to the social media and asked folks for help with donations to her GoFundMe page. She was trying to raise $700 for her DNA testing venture. Come to find out, her wishes were once again realized when Ancestry.com offered to do the DNA testing for free. Will McGlade find that her instincts were correct that this woman is her sister? If so, she would join the many people who have experienced that instinct when meeting someone they are unknowingly related to.