Find­ing fam­ily

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Kianni Ar­royo had to work harder to meet her ge­netic fam­ily. The first per­son she found was her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther.

Donor No. 2757 stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 185 pounds. He has hazel-green eyes, wavy brown hair and is de­scended from Ger­man, Ir­ish and Na­tive Amer­i­can stock. In his pro­file, he’s de­scribed as a pho­tog­ra­pher with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree who likes bik­ing, surf­ing and writ­ing. He do­nated his sperm to pay off col­lege stu­dent loans.

The women who chose Donor No. 2757 did so for var­i­ous rea­sons. Ar­royo’s mom liked his looks and his artis­tic back­ground. An­other woman, who would later give birth to Zac LaRocca-Stravalle, now 19, liked that he could trace his lin­eage to a brave mil­i­tary of­fi­cer whose ex­ploits were doc­u­mented by his­to­ri­ans. Re­becca, the mother of Sophia and twin Ava, thought “he seemed like some­one I’d date.” (Re­becca asked that she and the twins be iden­ti­fied only by their first names to pro­tect their pri­vacy.)

Ar­royo went search­ing for her donor’s iden­tity in her teens and met a per­son ac­tive in the donor-off­spring com­mu­nity who had some­how got­ten that con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.

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