Twelve years ago, Brian Knighten and Kristίn were strangers. However, they are far from it—they are father and daughter. 14-year-old Kristίn only found out a few months ago, never knowing her real father until now.
In 2001, Kristίn and her mother went back to their roots, and moved across the Atlantic Ocean to Denmark.
Through social media, Knighten and Kristίn have been able to reconnect.
“Now we got connected on the internet, I’ve gotten pictures, her singing, her artwork,” said Knighten.
He is ready to step out of their digital relationship and move forward with their bond.
“[I feel] excitement. [I’m] scared to death too, because even though we have all these similarities you just never know until your face to face what’s going to happen,” he explained.
Because an international round trip can cost hundreds of dollars, Knighten’s family stepped in to help.
"We went to work trying to get this Poker Run started and it’s been a lot of work, but I think its going to pay off great,” said Jessie Griffin, Knighten’s brother-in-law.
If Knighten can raise enough money, he and his estranged daughter will finally be able to pick up where they left off. They have a lot of catching up to do; Kristίn wants to meet her American family, including all of her half brothers and sisters.
The Poker Run will be Saturday, June 22nd. Registration is at Von’s Bar and Grill on 4542 S. State Hwy 109. Contact Jessie Griffin at 334-441-6099 if you would like to participate.