Kathleen Weigel anxiously waited for an arrival at Denver International Airport. Holding flowers and keeping a keen eye on each passenger entering the main terminal, Weigel had been awaiting this arrival for more than three decades.
In November, the mother of three received a letter she had been hoping to receive since she was 16, and forced to give up a baby girl to adoption.
"I grew up in a very small rural town -- it was unheard of for someone to have a baby at my age," said Weigel. "I was mature enough to know that I was not mature enough to be a mother."
Along with her mother, Kathleen moved in with her grandparents in Florida, until she gave birth in 1979, turned the baby over to a new family, and moved back to Ohio.
The letter she received was from her daughter, Jennifer Strickland, who had spent three years fighting legal battles and searching for any shred of evidence that could connect her to her mom.
"It has always been this gnawing thing with me, something I've always wanted to know," said Strickland.
Eventually, Strickland found a name -- and after careful research -- sent a letter.
"It took everything in me to actually take that step because I was so scared," the 33-year old said.
The re-connection could not come at a better time, because within days of losing her mother to cancer -- Kathleen was diagnosed with cancer herself.
"(I was) trying to stay strong, then all of a sudden, finding out that you -- myself has cancer - it was hard," said Kathleen. "But when I got the letter from Jennifer... It is another thing to live for."
As the two finally locked eyes and met at the main terminal, Kathleen let out a shout, and finally got to hug her daughter for the first time.