Troy Dunn has worked to reunite more than 40,000 people with their families during the past 25 years.
It began when Dunn met an adopted man who had recently found his biological family. Inspired to help his mother find her biological parents, Dunn asked the man for help, and the two spent five and a half hours on a Saturday morning at the library doing family research. They walked away with the phone number of Dunn’s mother’s mother.
“I’m holding a piece of paper with your mother’s phone number on it,” Dunn told his mother over the phone that day.
“She was really quiet and then just began to sob," Dunn recalled. "It was that proverbial life-changing moment for me. I hung up and was in tears.”