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Chuck Schwan of West Fargo hugs his birth mother, Eileen Anderson of Tucson, Ariz., after they reunited May 14 in Fargo. Anderson had given Schwan up for adoption in 1975. Schwan found Anderson over Facebook in April. They met outside Sanford South University Campus, formerly Dakota Hospital, where Schwan was born. Sherri Richards / The Forum

West Fargo man reunites with birth mother through Facebook

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All Chuck Schwan wanted was to say thank you.

Thank you for giving birth to me.

Thank you for giving me up for adoption.

Thank you for my life.

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It had taken the West Fargo man more than 30 years to reach this point. When he was 18, his adoptive mother tracked down his biological uncle to ask about the family's genealogy, but Schwan wasn't ready to make contact.

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