Father’s Day is an annual occasion to celebrate dads of all kinds.
In a video that went viral on Sunday (June 16), Jia and her sister Jazel surprised their stepdad, Marvin Bowers, with a card and a letter revealing that they are changing their last names to Bowers. Jia posted the video and explained why they made the incredible gesture.
“My biological dad was a drug addict and physically abusive to my mother. 12 years ago, my stepdad brought the light into our world again,” Jia captioned the video. “He’s always loved me and my sister as his own. And so we decided to change our last name this Father’s Day. I love you Dad.”
My biological dad was a drug addict and physically abusive to my mother. 12 years ago, my stepdad brought the light into our world again. He’s always loved me and my sister as his own. And so we decided to change our last name this Father’s Day. I love you Dad. 💛 pic.twitter.com/q8XnmkypK1— Jia 💖💚 (@jialaurenxo) June 16, 2019
According to Buzzfeed, Jia is a 22-year-old senior nursing student at Seattle University and the one in the yellow dress. Her sister Jazel is 19 years old and a soccer player at Boise State University. Maya, their 11-year-old half-sister, is also in the video. The video was captured by their mom, Sae Bowers.
"We wanted to be the 'Bowers Family.’ My youngest sister would ask why her sisters' last names were different than the rest of the family,” Jia told Buzzfeed.
Those in the clip weren’t the only ones tearing up. Thousands of people responded to the video and were emotional as well. See below.
Your dad brings meaning to how anyone can make a baby but it takes a man to be a father. Congratulations to your family and may you all be safe, loved; and flourish.— 𝐍. ☕️ (@YSLATTESS) June 17, 2019
Fighting the tears honestly, this is so sweet, and I'm so happy u were blessed with a father like him ❤ he must be proud— tiffuh'knee 🌴 (@the_FedoraQueen) June 16, 2019
Did the same thing for my dad in December. He found out when they called my name as I crossed the stage on graduation day to get my degree 💙💙💙— xo (@DopeFreshJackie) June 17, 2019
he's a good man you can tell by the way he reacted.— from my soul to yours 🌷 (@KiranTheNomad) June 17, 2019
Omgggg this is beautiful pic.twitter.com/HF62ShketP— Chrissy (@BrwnGrlFem) June 16, 2019
This right here is so pure😭 pic.twitter.com/Fpb74gp4HF— Hot Boy Lee🥵 (@yourlocalher0) June 16, 2019
This is beautiful. My “step” dad finalized my adoption 2 weeks before my wedding so he would be my father walking me down the aisle. Any man can be a father, only special men are dads. ❤️ #BLESSED #HappyFathersDay— DianaJ (@DianaJ2017) June 17, 2019