Faith Tipton-Smith is a single mother raising two girls, 16-year-old Missy and 8-year-old Emily. After working at the same job for 25 years, Faith was finally able to purchase her first home in July of 2004. On February 4, 2005 the unthinkable happened when this new home that Faith and her family had worked so hard for burned to the ground. They lost everything, including countless cheerleading trophies, family pictures, clothes and even their dog, Sugar. This family lost everything they cherished and loved. But, most importantly, everybody in the family was safe. During this time, Faith's 16-year-old son, Ransom, was her biggest support, helping his sisters with school, keeping the family together and, as time allowed, playing his favorite sport -- golf.
On May 4, 2005, exactly three months to the day after the fire, the Tipton-Smiths' lives were shattered when Missy, their friend, Alex, and Ransom were involved in a car crash. Missy survived, but Alex and Ransom did not. Even after his death, Ransom showed his complete selflessness by donating his organs to save others -- including a 19-year-old girl who would have died without the blessing of Ransom's heart.
Within three months, the Tipton-Smiths' life was completely turned around. The shell of the house still remains, and the constant reminder of Ransom is with them everyday. Faith has always been very involved in her community, helping Missy and Emily on the cheerleading squad, volunteering at March of Dimes events, and now organizing the Ransom golf charity event to honor her son, the hero. Ask anyone in the community who deserves this, and the answer is always Faith!
In this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty and the gang will bring this family home to a place they can fill with love and where the countless memories of Ransom can grow.
While Ty and the designers, local builder Oakwood Homes LLC of Atlanta and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home in just seven days, the Tipton-Smith family will go on vacation at the Hilton in Orange County, CA.