Episode 7: Big Family Reunion
"Don't let your hometown down," Oprah says. "Your challenge starts now!"
"Riding in the helicopter with Nate was incredible," Stephen says. "But I'm so homesick. I can't wait to see my family."
Brandi's mother tells her about Lynette Wilson, a mother of five autistic children who lives in the area. Lynette's husband, Todd, is away on active military duty, and Lynette has been trying to raise money to send the kids to a special camp for autistic kids for the summer.
After hearing Lynette's story, Brandi surprises her with $3,000 to pay for the children's summer camp.
"This camp will give the kids the skills necessary to overcome their disability and reach their full potential," Lynette says. "It will change our family's life."
When Cameron asks for help to find a recipient of his Big Give, his mother shares the story of Skylar Corvin, a 10-year-old girl battling bone cancer. While Skylar was doing pull-ups at school one day, she irritated her shoulder. When she went to the doctor, her family learned she had bone cancer. Shortly after having chemo and her shoulder blade removed, doctors found more tumors in her leg.
The Corvins are feeling burdened by mounting bills, maxed-out credit cards and a run-down, unsafe van, but Cameron has plans to turn all that around.
After talking to the shelter's director, Stephen learns that leaving a domestic violence situation is extremely dangerous for battered women. In order to assure the victims' protection, the shelter's security system is in desperate need of an upgrade.
"We're going to have a fundraising event at my house to help raise money for the renovations that the shelter's doing," Stephen says. "I am going to do my best to raise as much money as possible to make sure that the security system is in place."
"Being a former Miss Sierra Vista really helps me connect with a lot of people, and I think it's an advantage," Brandi says. "I mean, Cameron's not Mr. Roanoke."
The special day arrives, and Alysianna is in for a treat! Her schoolmates cheer her on as the current titleholder crowns her an honorary Miss Sierra Vista, and Brandi leads a parade in her honor.
"I will always remember this day," Alysianna says.
The Thomases have stacks of therapy bills they can't afford, so Brandi steps in with $1,000. "I didn't expect somebody to walk in today and give us $1,000," Angie says. "We really need that money."
First, Cameron surprises Skylar with a widescreen laptop with wireless Internet, plus a website where she can keep an online diary for the world to see. He has also redecorated Skylar's room in her favorite color, pink, and remodeled the family's living room with cable television and a DVD player.
Additionally, Cameron raised $5,000 to pay the family's rent for a year, and got a car dealership to donate a new car for the Corvins. And since Cameron got everything for the reveal through donations, his initial $10,000 is going directly to the Corvin family!
"You have erased stress from my life," Skylar's father says.
"There's not one thing that I would change about the reveal. In my heart, I'm happy with everything I've done," Cameron says. "I feel like I've already won."
"It's great to have so many incredible friends who are willing to come out and help," Stephen says. "They're so generous, and they stepped up in a big way."
Throughout the flight, the givers are pampered with first-class treatment. "The great thing about the flight was that for two-and-a-half hours, none of us thought about the elimination or the judging," Stephen says. "All we thought about is what a great gift was given to us by Oprah and John Travolta."
The judges decided not to eliminate anyone this week since everyone did such a wonderful job.
Special thanks to all those who helped during this episode of Oprah's Big Give .