WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A man’s exhaustive search for his father is finally over.
After a two-year search, 30-year-old Lamar Carter finally had the chance to meet his father. The search started on Facebook and ended with a conclusive DNA test.
Carter said everyone deserves to know their family before meeting the father he never knew.
“I just wanted to know one way or another what I came from, who I came from,” Carter said.
His father, Mark Shumate, was just as excited to meet the son he never knew he had.
“I’m anxious. I’m grateful. I just can’t wait to see my son,” Shumate said.
“I didn’t sleep a wink,” he added.
The reunion brought together two men who beat the odds. Carter’s mother died he was only two-years-old. He survived a tough childhood and went on to graduate from Rutgers University.
Shumate is a former drug addict who has been clean and sober for 27 years. He earned his master’s degree at the age of 53 so he could become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and help others.
“It feels good. It feels good to be here, to be next to him,” Carter said.
Lamar and his sister, Christine always had each other but now their family has some new faces.
Lamar got a gift that money cannot buy for his 30th birthday. His dream was to discover his family history and now he’s learning all about it for his special day.
The 30-year-old is now living in Berkeley, California. WUSA9 paid for his flight home to meet his father.