For Nicole Belkin, it all began with a Facebook post.
In mid-June, Belkin posted a story stating that she was searching for her long-lost brother, 31-year-old Jason Burnette, after they were both put up for adoption while living in Lexington, S.C., KTVN reported.
The post went viral with over 29,000 shares.
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In the post, Belkin states “It’s been 13 frustrating years, ever since I started my search for Jason. I have a feeling that without me pushing so hard I’ll never have an opportunity to meet him or build a relationship/friendship with him. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember always wishing for an older brother. I was torn from that. Now I need him in my life.”
Belkin, who is two years younger than Burnette, grew up in Long Island and Miami, KTVN reported. When she reached middle school, she began to ask questions about why she did not look like the rest of her family. That’s when she learned that she was adopted.
It wasn’t until she was 18 that she learned she had a brother.
After that, the search began.
According to KTVN, Belkin was able to find and meet both of her biological parents, but struggled on her search for Jason.
Finally, after about four days “Jason’s friend found the post and tagged him,” KTVN reported. “He had his adoptive sister reach out to Belkin, and after figuring out more details, she found out it was the right Jason.”
Belkin learned that Burnette lives in Charleston.
After talking on the phone every day, Belkin raised enough money to go and visit Burnette in Charleston, according to her Facebook posts.
She currently has a Go Fund Me page in order to raise money for Burnette and his wife to meet the rest of the biological family.
“There are family members who are willing to meet somewhere in the middle as far as traveling is concerned, but our immediate family is an important factor,” Belkin states on the page. “It would be awesome to maybe put together some kind of family reunion.”