Friday, September 21, 2007

Long-Time Friends Discover They're Brothers

Long-Time Friends Discover They're Brothers

Alex Aggar, left, and Bobby Malone, right, had always been told they looked alike. They discovered they are brothers when Alex contacted his birth mother. She turned out to be Teresa Malone, center, Bobby's mother. (MyFoxTampaBay)

MyFoxTampaBay reports

BRANDON, Fla. - Alex Aggar and Bobby Malone have always been told they looked alike.

The two have been friends since childhood, playing on the same baseball teams, graduating from the same Tampa high school, and now playing baseball together in college.

Each with a secret of sorts.

Alex knew he was adopted; Bobby knew he had a brother out there that his mother had given up for adoption.

One day after baseball practice, the two got to talking, and started comparing notes. From there, the coincidences started piling up.

"We started talking about it, and he said he had a brother that just graduated from high school, and I graduated," Alex said.

"He said he was born in Orange County, and I was like yeah, my mom lives in Orange County," Bobby said.

Alex had been given up for adoption as a baby because when he was born, his mother couldn't provide for him.

He got a new family, and as a child, met Bobby, who lived about five miles away in Brandon.

"We started playing baseball, little league right up the road from here. We started playing baseball together and then we became friends, and he use to spend the night all the time," Alex said.

Alex's birth mother, Teresa Malone, wanted her child to have a life that she knew she could not provide.

"I wish I could have taken care of him, I wish I could have been a mother for him all these years," she said.

About two months ago, she contacted an attorney to find her long lost son, but the search went nowhere.

Then out of nowhere, she got a phone call from a young man claiming to be her son.

He told her he had a couple of questions to ask her, and she said OK.

He said, "you gave up your son for adoption, do you know what the date was?"

Teresa told him, "November 17, 1988."

Was his name Christopher Lee? She said yes.

He then said to her, "I think I could be your son."

It turned out that Alex, his adopted name, had been best friends with Teresa's son, Bobby Malone. The two boys grew up together in the same town, played little league baseball for many years together, went to high school together, and now go to the same Christian College.

"It was shocking," Alex said. "It still hasn't hit in yet."

Friday afternoon, surrounded by family, Alex and Teresa were reunited. With his best friend and new-found brother there beside him, Alex also met his biological grandmother, and two aunts.

"It's nice that they finally get to meet each other and see each other," Bobby said.

"It's just shocking how I've known him my whole life," he added.

Teresa smiled through her tears of joy.

"I see now that he has had a good life, and I want to start fresh," she said.

12 complaints from ingrates:

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 11:59 AM  

This is just crazy! And how amazing that the Brothers ALREADY have that friendship and connection right from the get-go of finding out that they are brothers.

This is too great!


Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 12:21 PM  

Apparently all adoption bloggers want me to weep today! At least this was a happy one!

...can you IMAGINE? wow.

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 8:55 PM  

I am a blood relative to both of these and my family is very excited about this. We have never forgotten!

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 8:58 PM  

To clarify, I am a blood relative of all 3 in the pic. This is an amazing story and my family and I are very excited to have him back into our lives.

Ungrateful Little Bastard September 21, 2007 at 11:29 PM  

Oh how wonderful! Thank you for stopping by! I wish you all the best and happiness!

Anonymous,  September 22, 2007 at 9:21 AM  

Thank you and good luck in your endeavors.

Unknown September 22, 2007 at 4:22 PM  

this is such an amazing story.

truth really is stranger than fiction

Anonymous,  September 29, 2007 at 11:46 AM  

Beautiful family. The reunion stories are nice.

Anonymous,  September 29, 2007 at 1:19 PM  

We meet ALex last weekend and it was such a joyful experience. As his aunt he has four cousins who are all in his age braceket and we're excited to finally meet him. Our holidays this year are going to be exceptionally nice!

Ungrateful Little Bastard October 1, 2007 at 12:56 AM  

Aunt Anonymous you'll never know how happy I am for all of you. Give an extra hug all around this holiday season from me!

Anonymous,  October 2, 2007 at 2:40 PM  

Thank You! Thank you!

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