December 26, 2005

Positivity: Brothers Reunited after Four Decades

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:09 am

He knew of them, but they didn’t know anything about him. And check all the companies that helped them reunite:

KDKA) PITTSBURGH A Dormont man’s Christmas wish came true a little early this year. After 40 years of waiting and wondering, Troy Shipp was finally reunited with his two younger brothers who didn’t even know he existed.

Shipp was just three years old when his younger brothers were adopted and taken away.

“It wasn’t any kind of a memory, per se, as much as watching the kids down the block play with their brothers, ” Shipp adds, “I knew I had them out there.”

For twenty years, Shipp wondered about his brothers; then the next twenty years he spent searching for them.

Finally, he got a call from a woman who told him, “I think I found your brothers.”

Jim Wolff and Rob Kerek lived most of their lives near Modesto, California, without knowing that each other existed; but that all changed when they got a call from Shipp.

“I always knew I was adopted,” Jim Wolff adds, “but I never knew I had brothers or sisters or anything like that.”

But Shipp’s dream of a holiday reunion was financially unattainable; so he turned to KDKA’s Dave Crawely who found a number of businesses ready to lend a helping hand.

When Southwest Airlines learned about Shipp’s search, they provided ten free roundtrip tickets for his brothers, his sister and their families.

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium as well as the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh also kicked in family passes for the whole gang; and the Professional Limousine Service of Pittsburgh provided free transportation as they headed to their local accommodations.

The Hampton Inn in Oakland donated three free rooms to the family for a week.

Eat ‘N Park also donated a $100 gift certificate and the family also got a total of $500 worth of groceries from Giant Eagle and Shop ‘N Save.

“The thing I love about Pittsburgh,” Shipp adds,” is they tend to their own!”

Now that they’ve finally been reunited, the family is spending time getting to know one another.

“If there was an exact opposite to Troy,” Kerek tells KDKA, “it would probably be Jim; and I’m right in the middle between the two!”



  1. I am amazed that this is going through the web like this. This is my family. My husband was one of the guys who was found. It was truely amazing, exciting and wonderful to finally meet them. We never knew if he had any family because of the adoption. This was God’s hands working to get them all together again.

    Comment by Annette — January 4, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

  2. #1 – What a blessing. It’s a great story, and it’s also good to see the web being put to such great uses.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 4, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

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