Matt Cobrink, 53, and his 88-year-old dad Malcolm Cobrink haven’t spent a single day apart in the last 25 years.
Malcolm has been taking care of Matt, who has Down Syndrome, ever since Matt’s mom passed away.
So, it was a big deal when Matt wanted to cross the country from Los Angeles to New York to see his favorite baseball player, the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge.
It meant he would spend almost an entire week traveling and away from his dad. And Matt’s sister, Marcy Cobrink Mayer, knew just how much her brother would miss her dad.
“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,” Marcy, 56, told PEOPLE. “They’re never separated for five days!”
Knowing her brother, she figured their reunion would be quite the lovefest. So, she decided to capture Matt’s homecoming on video.
And boy was she right!
Matt practically jumps off the escalator at LAX and runs over to his dad. He gives him a great big hug and starts to shower his dad’s face with kisses.
If couldn’t be cuter! And you could tell by Malcolm’s face that he’s happy to be seeing his on again..
“Did you have a good time?” he lovingly asks his son.
Marcy posted the video on Facebook where it’s been viewed more than 19 million times.
“Homecoming doesn’t get better than this. I think my brother missed my father after 5 days in NYC with my sister,” Marcy wrote in the video’s caption.
While she wasn’t surprised with Matt’s reaction, she was surprised by how much attention the video has gotten.
“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,” Marcy, from Fullerton, California, explains. “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.”
She says she hopes that people find joy seeing the love between her brother and father.
“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,” she says. “It’s just really remarkable.”
You can see her video below.
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Homecoming doesn’t get better than this. I think my brother missed my father after 5 days in NYC with my sister. ❤️✈️🤗⚾️
Posted by Marcy Cobrink Mayer on Monday, August 13, 2018