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USAO Alum Gets TV Home Makeover

When the team from ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Oklahoma in February, they completed a 2,800 square foot modern ranch house for Audra Skaggs and her family. Audra is a 1999 graduate of USAO.

In the middle of an ice and snowstorm, the house was completed by almost 2,000 volunteers in a total of 106 hours for Audra, her husband Brian, and two children Merit and Jhett. They live just outside of Lexington, Oklahoma in the community of Slaughterville.

At 10 months old, Jhett received a heart transplant. It was this story that led to their nomination from co-workers and family members for the home makeover. Much of the show’s emphasis focused on the importance of organ donation and the family’s founding of the Jhett Skaggs Foundation.

The Foundation hopes to better the lives of children by distributing toys to the Heart Center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The organization is committed to supporting cures for pediatric heart disease.

Audra, who was an early childhood education major at USAO, is a pre-school teacher at Lexington Public Schools. For photos of the home go to ABC's page.