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WATCH: 20 Years After His Gay Son Died of AIDS-Related Causes, Dad Receives Touching Card

WATCH: 20 Years After His Gay Son Died of AIDS-Related Causes, Dad Receives Touching Card

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After a 26-year wait, a Virginia man finally receives a bittersweet message from his now-deceased son.

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After 26 years of being shuffled from place to place, a Father's Day card mailed by a gay Virginia man in 1989 has finally made it into the hands of his father.

Duane Schrock, now 87, called it a miracle, reports Lynchburg TV station WSET. But the joy he felt in receiving that card is tinged with regret, because his son, Duane Jr., died of AIDS-related causes in 1995.

"Dear Dad, we haven't been in touch for quite a while," Schock's son wrote to him in the now-bittersweet greeting card. "I'm doing fine and am very happy in Richmond. I'd like to hear from you. Have a Happy Father's Day."

Schrock told WSET he became estranged from his son after saying he didn't agree with the "gay lifestyle" Duane Jr. was living. The Father's Day card -- which Duane Jr. had sent in hopes it would foster a way for the two to reconnect and reconcile -- took years to reach its destination because of his father's frequent moves.

For Schrock, the card is a sign that his son is doing well in heaven, he said.

Watch WSET's emotional report below.

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