A viral video of an 84-year-old dad reuniting with his 53-year-old son who has Down Syndrome has melted the hearts of over 15 million people worldwide.
For the first time in 25 years, Matt Cobrink, 53, was separated from his father, Malcom, 88, who lives in Los Angeles, when Matt flew to New York to meet Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, his favorite baseball player. The last time father and son had been separated came in 1993, when Matt’s mother died.
Matt’s sister Marcy, 56, used her smartphone to videotape the highly-emotional reunion, as Matt smothered his father with kisses. She told People magazine, “I knew that my brother and my father are so closely attached, and I knew that after five days my brother was going to really be missing my father. They’re never separated for five days!”
Marcy said her brother’s reaction came as no surprise:
I expect that kind of reaction from him. Sometimes I won't see him for a few days, and then I'll go to his house or my dad will bring him over here, and he will kiss me like 20 times. He's just really very loving and happy to see everybody! People all over the world were sending me pictures of their children with Down Syndrome, telling me that it made them cry, that they're so happy to see such a long, loving relationship between my father and my brother.
It gives them hope for their children or they have a cousin who has Down Syndrome. And that it's so nice to see something that's happy instead of things that are negative.
We just want to share the love. We want to let people know that it's really not Down Syndrome, we call it “Up Syndrome,” because my brother has brought so much love into everybody's life that he comes in contact with. It's just really remarkable.