Billy's dad, Victor Marrero, who was raising six children and two grandchildren, has also seen his fortunes improve. The city of Camden thanked Victor for his courage and bravery at handling such a large family as a single dad. Other fathers turned to Victor for advice on parenting, prompting him to start a support group for the single fathers of Camden. Click here for more information.
Early one summer morning, something truly amazing happened. Ty Pennington and the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team made their way to Camden.
"Good morning Marrero family!" Pennington shouted into a megaphone.
Because some of you nominated the family, the ABC television show came to their door and did what they do best — built a new home in just 100 hours. Click here for photos. Words can't describe the joy the family felt knowing they would never have to sleep on a cold hard floor again. The Marreros were sent on vacation to Spain — the first time Billy's brothers had ever left New Jersey — and they returned to see their new four-bedroom house for the first time.
"I didn't see a house," said Victor. "I saw life. Life for me, life for the boys. It was the lifeline that I've been waiting for."
A lifeline that so many other children are still waiting and hoping for.