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Jay Haskin, Calgary Man, Trying To Find Brother Given For Adoption With Viral Post

02/24/2017 07:23 EST | Updated 02/24/2017 09:29 EST

A Calgary man is trying to find his brother — who he has never met before — with the help of social media.

Jay Haskin posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month in hopes of locating his older brother, who was given up for adoption at birth.


"So I have a brother I've never met," Haskin wrote in the post, which has been shared more than 28,000 times since Feb. 12.

Haskin explained that he has seen others reach out on social media for help in the past, and thought he would try it. He went on to write that his brother was born at Sturgeon General Hospital in St. Albert, Alta., on Nov. 30, 1978, and his birth name was Keith Darcy. That's about all the family knows.

Haskin first learned about his brother when he was 17 years old, but it wasn't until he became a father that he started thinking about finding him.

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Jay Haskin with his wife and children.

"I saw [my children] playing together and realized I'd never have memories like that with Keith, but I could still have memories if I actually found him," he told The Huffington Post Canada.

His entire family, including his parents and older brother Aaron, are supportive of his search. Aaron has his own search going, while his parents provide any information he needs.

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Jay Haskin says his children inspired him to search for his brother.

Haskin says the idea that his search could be successful feels "kind of surreal," and he's not completely sure what to expect.

While the family hasn't gotten any new leads yet, many people have reached out with helpful tips. And Haskin says he's not losing hope yet.

"I'm remaining hopeful because 27K shares is enough to make a guy believe in miracles," Haskin wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

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