New-found sisters grow closer as they grow in fame

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – It’s a story not easily forgotten; two next-door neighbors in Eau Claire, discover they’re long lost sisters. You may remember the piece WQOW did on this in May. Last week, WQOW checked in on the pair, who have quickly risen to fame.

The story of Hillary Harris and Dawn Johnson has been shared around the country and the world. WQOW was the first to report on it, then the Leader Telegram and then Inside Edition. They’ve also been featured on CBS morning news, in Australia, Tokyo, People Magazine, Women’s World, Michaela on HLN news and the Steve Harvey show. That’s not even the full list.

Through it all, they’ve grown closer as new-found sisters.

“It’s just made us so much closer. I mean how much closer can you get, we live in the same driveway. So it’s just been just awesome,” said Harris.

“We get to see each other every day,” added Johnson, “It’s just been really fun to give hope to other people who are out there who are looking for their birth families not to give up.”

If there haven’t already been enough ‘firsts’ for these two, this holiday season will include the first of many larger gatherings joining both of their families!

So what’s next for the pair? Steve Harvey gifted them with a trip to Cancun that they are looking forward to in February. They are also working on writing a book. They’ve been working with writers on fine-tuning the details. They have the title down, and each has written some, but they said it’s a bit of a long process, and anticipate it taking about a year to finish and publish.

Bridget Curran

Bridget Curran

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