This is the emotional moment a woman hugged her birth dad for the first time after searching for him for almost a decade.
Heartwarming footage shows Michelle, 31, meeting Greg, 57, who had no idea she existed until she tracked him down on Facebook.
Michelle was born in New York in October 1986 and adopted hours later by Joan, 69, a speech pathologist, and Joel, 70, a nuclear physicist.
The content creator says she had a blissful childhood in California but always dreamed of meeting her biological parents.
With the help of her adoptive mum, Michelle located her birth mother Diane, 54, in 2009, after coming across a family obituary online.
Diane told Michelle she did not know her birth father and revealed she had given her up for adoption because she could not support a newborn at age 23.
Michelle focused on getting to know Diane and invited her to her 2015 wedding to husband Dan, 31, but she never stopped searching for her birth dad.
She submitted her DNA to family tree websites but at first only matched with distant cousins – until in April, she finally located a first cousin on her birth father’s side.
Using Facebook, Michelle then tracked down Greg, 57, a business development professional who she believed to be her biological father.
After connecting the dots, Greg confirmed Michelle was his daughter through a paternity test and the pair met at Orange County Airport in California.
Michelle said: “It was so crazy to see him running towards me.
“He was so excited and jumped up onto a concrete block and I immediately thought that it was something I would have done.
“He brought me into a big bear hug and it was so, so cool.
“I spent the whole weekend meeting family members and it was so, so special.
“I instantly felt at home.
“It was a beautiful experience.”
Michelle said she felt lucky to have grown up with such loving parents but always felt there was a part of her identity she knew nothing about.
Meeting her birth mother in 2009 was “amazing” but the fact she didn’t know her dad meant a piece of the puzzle was still missing.
While Ancestry.com and 23andme.com helped her find thousands of blood relatives, no one was close enough to help her track down her birth father.
Then in April, a first cousin popped up in one of her searches and she deduced that her dad must be one of his uncles.
Michelle, who lives with Dan, a contract development manager, in Sacramento, California, said: “I looked at his profile and I came across some family pictures.
“There was this guy called Greg Hicks, who was his uncle, and I thought it might be him so I sent him a message.”
Greg, of California, believed he was being scammed but became curious when he discovered he had three mutual Facebook friends with Michelle’s birth mum.
He connected the dots and discovered that he and Diane were working for a company that had held a promotional event during the 1986 Super Bowl in Philadelphia.
A day after receiving Michelle’s message, Greg, who has a son Austin, 23, decided to call the woman who claimed to be his daughter.
He said things “began to connect” and after chatting for five hours, they arranged to reunite on May 18.
Greg said: “Meeting Michelle has enhanced my spirit.
“Both Michelle and Austin are really excited to have a blood sibling, which is one of the best things to come out of this.
“Michelle and her husband Dan even came to his graduation last month.”
Michelle added: “It was so cool to find out I had a brother also. I had wished for siblings my whole life.”