It took 34 years for Kate-Madonna Hindes to look for her birth mother, and thanks to Facebook it didn't take long to find her.
The video above from ABC News shows the emotional moment the mother-of-two from St. Paul was reunited with her mother, Aimée Sordelli, of Illinois.
Hindes started the process of tracking down her birth mother three years ago, ABC News reports, and last month she got a call from Children's Home + Aid, who told her they had found her file and a letter from her birth mother written in 1981.
In the letter, Sordelli wrote: "We placed you in adoption not because we didn't love you, but because we DID love you. We wanted to make sure you have the best life possible."
Hindes shared this letter (which you can read below) on Facebook with a plea to find "Aimee from Oak Park, Illinois in 1981," which was shared more than 180 times and – less than 24 hours later – came to the attention of her birth mother.
"***IT IS WITH MY GREATEST EXCITEMENT THAT I TELL YOU, IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS, AIMEE FOUND ME and I FOUND HER.** THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!" Hindes wrote on June 15.
They met for the first time at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Friday.
Cancer prompted her search
Hindes told ABC her battles with cancer had motivated her to finish the paperwork to find her birth mother, having been diagnosed with anal precancer after overcoming "multiple instances" of cervical cancer.
Sordelli, 52, who herself was adopted as a child, had battled cancer twice herself, first being diagnosed with breast cancer at just 17 years old.
She told the TV station she placed Hindes, who is the founder of Minneapolis PR company Girl meets Geek, up for adoption after having her as a teenager and "being raised in a very religious family."
"I wanted her to make the choice to find me. I didn't want to push myself," Sordelli, who still lives in Illinois, told ABC. "She has parents. They are her parents; they raised her. I’m just the birth mother. I wanted her to find me if she chose, when she’s ready."