Tracy Orr almost lost her home to foreclosure.
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Home foreclosure auctions are a sad reality of the financial crisis. Some people may walk away with a great deal, while others leave without a place to call home.

In 2008, Tracy Orr went to a foreclosure auction in Dallas, Texas, to say a farewell to the home she shared with her daughter. Tracy says she got behind on her mortgage payments after she lost her job, and her home was put on the auction block.

Moments before the bidding was set to begin, a local news crew filmed Tracy as she wiped away tears. Then, a woman approached Tracy and asked her what was wrong. This woman, Marilyn Mock, would later become known as the "foreclosure angel."
FROM: An Oprah/People Magazine Exclusive: Heroes in Hard Times
Published on May 19, 2009
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