“Actually finding out we made it on the show was exciting. I remember my Aunt Lynn calling me and starting out by saying, ‘Could you please help me pick out an outfit? I need one for ‘Family Feud’!’ Then I started to jump up and down and scream. My cousin Emily was just as excited. On the car ride home from the audition, she told me, ‘I have a really good feeling about this, Mer. I think we should get T-shirts made.’
“I don’t think it sunk in until we were escorted up on that stage for our game. Then it really hit us, like, ‘Wow, there are the cameras. There’s Steve Harvey. And there’s a live audience watching our every move. We are really doing this.’”
The family had to keep the results of the show a secret for over four months until it aired. “We actually signed a waiver that said we would not tell anybody. It was very hard for all of us because people constantly asked.”
The young lady points out, “Last year, we didn’t even think ahead this far into the future because of my Aunt Lynn’s cancer. She is a survivor of Stage 4 lymphoma. She has been in remission for over a year. This made getting on ‘Family Feud’ even more exciting, especially for her. Her illness changed her for the better, and she wanted to go out and do as much as she possibly could, starting with things she had always wanted to do – No better time to start than the present.
“A thing that stuck with me during the show – on a commercial break while we were filming – was when the executive producer came up to us and told us, ‘Just relax and have fun. Lynn, you have faced much harder things in life. This is easy.’”
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.