Alberta man launches campaign to help dying mom meet Oprah
Published Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:14PM EST
An Alberta man is hoping to fulfill a life-long dream for his dying mother: to meet Oprah Winfrey.
Robert Coulas said that growing up, Winfrey was a permanent fixture in his Spruce Grove, Alba. home.
“Since I can remember, Oprah has always been in this house on our TV,” Coulas told CTV Edmonton.
So when his mother, Beth Coulas, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last year, Robert launched an online campaign in hopes of securing a meeting with the larger-than-life TV personality.
The ‘Help Beth Meet Oprah Winfrey’ Facebook page has nearly 1,500 ‘Likes’ and the 24-year-old is hoping to catch the star’s attention before her Jan. 21 appearance in Edmonton.
The Coulas family has already purchased tickets for Beth to attend Winfrey’s show, but hope their online efforts can secure some one-on-one face time with the star.
“If they’re doing a meet-and-greet and they have a little room for a silk painter, I’m more than happy to be there,” said Beth.
The 51-year-old has already surpassed the doctors’ original seven-to-nine month prognosis. As well, Coulas has lived long enough to hold her newborn granddaughter – something she didn’t think would be possible.
Beth said while she never penned a ‘bucket list’ after learning of the terminal cancer, she’d be more than happy to meet her idol.
“(I’d say) we’ll have supper after Oprah. You’ll get in trouble with me after Oprah, but we’re watching this right now,” she recalled with a laugh.
With a report from CTV Edmonton