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Four years ago, Felicia Jackson made a promise at her sister Cassandra's deathbed to keep all 10 of her nieces and nephews together. Before Cassandra passed away from complications from cancer, she told Felicia that she didn't want her children to split up, and Felicia vowed never to let that happen. With that one act of kindness in 2004, Felicia went from being a single mother of four to a mother of 14. She has been supporting all the children by working as a security guard at a mall. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, this family of 15 had been living in a hotel since December. Felicia was told that, if she doesn't find appropriate housing soon, she'll have to split the children up within the foster care system. With the community behind Felicia's story and her fight for self sufficiency, the county deeded her a piece of land with a house that needs major repairs. Felicia can't afford any renovations, since she's raising 14 growing children. Now it's up to Ty and the designers to make the needed repairs and help this courageous and loving mother fulfill her sister's dying wish. In addition, Ed Sanders visits Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley at a training camp for a few football pointers and picks up a gift from Chris to give to the family. Paige Hemmis visits actress Jennifer Hudson in Chicago for some advice on making over one of the Jackson girls' rooms, and brings back a personal message of inspiration to the girls from Jennifer. While Ty and the designers, local builder Classic Homes of Maryland and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Jackson family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida.
Greg and Ginger bought their home in the hopes of starting a family and sending their children to the incredible schools that the community has. A year after they got married in 1997, they had their first child, Christian, followed by Brooke in 2000, and Faith in 2004. Although their children were presumably healthy at birth, they were eventually diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. Christian was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and both Brooke and Faith were diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In school Brooke gets around in a 200-pound wheelchair, which unfortunately does not fit inside the house, leaving her primarily bed-ridden. Brooke and Faith can only move if someone carries them, and Ginger has already suffered a hiatus hernia -- a hernia in her esophagus -- from lifting the growing girls. Despite their conditions, the children are a constant source of hope and admiration to their parents and others around them. Faith is a preschooler who loves her dolls, Christian plays five sports, and Brooke cheerleads at his games. Due to the almost insurmountable medical bills, Greg and Ginger cannot afford to renovate or relocate, leaving their children to live in a home too small for their needs and free spirits. It is now up to Ty and the designers to make the Akers' home more accessible, giving the family a brighter and more comfortable future. In addition, the Jonas Brothers stop by, and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo makes an appearance. While Ty and the designers, local builder Dallis Designer Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Akers family will go on vacation to San Francisco.
Rochelle Anders has been an excellent first-grade teacher for the past 29 years, having received the 2005 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award from Richland Center. She has four children, Tess, Reid, Drew and Tyler, who range from ages 12 to 20. When their father suddenly died from a heart attack, Rochelle tried to repair their dilapidated home. Despite her attempts, the roof is peeling apart, the wood siding and ceilings are crumbling, and squirrels, birds and mice are nesting in the walls. Inside the house, holes are evident in the ceilings and water damage has stained the walls. With only a wood-burning furnace to heat the home, the children had to live with relatives this past winter. It's now up to Ty and his designers to step in and keep the family together by keeping the house itself together. While Ty and the designers, local builder Veridian Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Anders-Beatty family will go on vacation to Canada.
A single mother at age 15, Alisha King understands the importance of having a support system of family and friends during parenthood. She received help while raising Justin and was able to work several part time jobs and attend college. Her dream has always been to give single parents safe, nurturing and affordable daycare that provides clothing, food, overnight care, mentoring and constant education to the children. Her marriage to co-worker Curtis King in 1997 led to the birth of Kirkland and a new residence in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she finally opened "Step By Step Home Daycare." Though Alisha and Curtis have been through many financial hardships, they always managed to give back to their community and extend their daycare system in their home after hours sometimes, free of charge. However the condition of the home is putting their daycare and their daughter Laila's health in jeopardy. The mold has sent her to the hospital several times with asthma attacks, and it makes for an unhealthy environment for the rest of the children when combined with the cramped quarters, and lack of heat, air conditioning or gas. It's up to Ty and his designers to step in save this home and daycare center. While Ty and the designers, local builder American Heartland Homebuilder and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the King family will go on vacation to Puerto Rico.
At only 10 years old, Job McCully is an inspiration to his small town, surviving leukemia and a bone marrow and double lung transplant. After years spent in and out of the hospital, he's still far from healthy. In March of 2008, Job was finally able to leave the hospital, but because of his health, the family wasn't able to return to their sinking, moldy and dilapidated home. This very old house has leaks in the roof, in the air conditioner and the floor, and the mildew-infested walls are especially threatening to Job; in 2006 fungus was discovered on his lungs, which it's suspected came from their home. The family packed up and moved out. Although Job has endured painful side effects from all the treatments he has received, he still manages to smile and treat others with generosity. With all that this family has been through, they never hesitate to help those in need. His sister, Nicole, at only 12 years old, learned to administer shots to her brother for the diabetes he developed from his treatments. Rob is a deacon at the church, and Tina has spearheaded two successful support groups in her church for struggling young married couples and addicts. The family is currently living in a donated rental, but still struggling to pay their mortgage. It's now up to Ty and his designers to bring the McCully family back to a place that Job and the family can really call home. While Ty and the designers, local builder Woodhaven Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the McCully family will go on vacation to Fess Parker's Doubletree in Santa Barbara.
Tim Hill was an aspiring boxer whose dreams were shattered when he broke his back while working on a construction site. Unable to box anymore, he went back to college for a degree in social work and afterwards worked as a counselor for high school kids. It was during this time that he was inspired to start the Geneva Boxing Team. For over 10 years, Tim has been training kids from the ages of 8 to 21 to box for free, and pays all the expenses out of his own pocket. The kids are from broken and impoverished homes, and Tim gives them a sense of pride and expert training that has produced three Olympic hopefuls. Tim was awarded custody over one of these hopefuls, Aleem Whitfield, who came from a family with 23 children. In addition to Aleem, Tim and Michelle have three children of their own that they're raising in a 200 year-old farm house that is showing its age. It's now up to Ty and his designers to grant the Hills' dream of tearing down their old home and building a small boxing gym to help more kids in need. To incorporate Theme of the family's love of boxing, boxing champs Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman taped shout outs for the family for the reveal and Oscar De La Hoya talks to the Hills via video conference. In addition, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" enlisted the help of ESPN anchors John Saunders and Brian Kenny to "call" the demolition of the house like a boxing match. While Ty and the designers, local builder Mahoney Design & Build Inc. and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Hill family will go on vacation to Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort.
Dawn Martirez was a beloved and dedicated pediatric cancer nurse who cared for terminally ill children all her life. Little did she know that her medical experience would prepare her for the care of her own children. After she and her husband, Emmanuel, had their daughter, Elle, she became pregnant again with twins Evan and Alec. Evan has an extremely rare genetic condition called 9P minus, and Alec has another uncommon genetic disorder known as Crouzon Syndrome. Even though the doctors warned of severe complications, Dawn refused to terminate the pregnancy. Both twins suffer from skeletal abnormalities that require extensive corrective facial and cranial surgeries, with Evan having physical handicaps and mental retardation, and Alec being profoundly hearing impaired. Dawn had to stop working as a nurse in order to take care of the twins full time. As the boys get older, the home's cramped narrow hallways, steep stairs, crumbling driveway and single, handicapped inaccessible bathroom are posing great problems for them and slowing their development. Now it's up to Ty and his designers to equip the Martirez's home to accommodate the twins' special needs. Sam Malek has endured 29 surgeries for his cerebral palsy over the past 40 years, beating the odds so many times. In April of 2007, he took out a second mortgage on his home to purchase a small coffee shop that insists on their motto, "Helping Challenged People One Cup at a Time." At "More Than Coffee," Sam employs disabled individuals to help him in the shop and donates a portion of the profits to local charities. However the condition of the shop makes it hard for him and his employees to work, for its cramped space, termite infestation and lack of proper equipment hinder their potential. Ty and his designers will have to step up to the challenge of making over Sam Malek's shop while working on the Martirez home at the same time. While Ty and the designers, local builder is Callier Thompson Shea Construction & Design, LLC, Consolidated Construction Group Inc and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding, the Martirez and Malek families will go on vacation to Disneyworld.
After visiting poverty stricken Haiti on a mission trip, Jackie Frisch, an ordained minister, wanted to adopt five boys from an orphanage. She spoke to her husband, Aaron, a firefighter, about her wish and, without having met them, he agreed to the adoption. Over the years, the Frisch family continued to adopt three more children, this time from Toledo's inner city. With three biological children and eight adopted children, this big hearted family of 13 is now living in a cramped one-story ranch home without air conditioning. After having five surgeries and being diagnosed with a soft tissue disease called Ehrlers-Danlos Syndrome, Jackie has had a series of strokes that left half of her body paralyzed. She has undergone catheter heart surgery because of her soft tissue disease. As a firefighter and paramedic for Toledo's Fire and Rescue Department, Aaron has saved many lives, including his rescue partner's during the Toledo riots in October 2005. Now he needs help from Ty and his designers to save his own family's home. In addition, HP stepped up to help by donating personal computers for the family and decorating a special room to be revealed in the episode. While Ty and the designers, local builder Buckeye Real Estate Group and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Frisch family will go on vacation to Disney World.
Tim Nickless was a true Renaissance man. This loving husband and father to three young boys was not only a respected nurse devoted to his patients, but also a gifted craftsman, mentor and environmentalist. As president of the Lansing Area Flying Aces model airplane club and a member of the Arbor Day Society, Tim had a lust for life and a love for all things living. However, after a painful seven-year battle with Hepatitis C, Tim died on January 19, 2008. Arlene and her three boys are now on their own in a 148-year-old farmhouse that is in dire need of repairs. Its walls, floors and foundation are deteriorating, and the old wiring is a fire hazard. Had he survived, Tim would have and could have turned this dilapidated house into their dream home. It's now up to Ty and his designers to do just that, for with Tim's untimely passing, Arlene and the boys are desperate for help. While Ty and the designers, local builder Mayberry Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home in just seven days, the Nickless family will go on vacation to Disney World.DeVries Family
At home, the DeVries family find that their mother's health is often hindered by their deteriorating home. Susan DeVries suffers from Ventricular Tachycardia, which keeps her heart constantly beating above 100 beats per minute. The arrhythmia is becoming increasingly more life threatening and could lead to sudden death. Often feeling ill and fatigued, Susan still shines as a loving music teacher, band director, 1st grade reading specialist and bus driver for her school's evening route. The condition of the DeVries' home has been especially tough on her and her family, for it's literally falling apart at the seams. The roof is beyond repair, constantly leaking whenever it rains. Severe water damage and rotting wood are separating the unfinished walls from the ceilings. A mechanic, Dirk suffers from severe arthritis in his only hand, limiting his ability to make major home repairs. So Ty and his designers are stepping in to give the DeVries family a safer home that will improve their quality of life, for despite their limitations, the DeVries have worked to improve the lives of others. While Ty and the designers, local builder Lansing Construction and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the DeVries family will go on vacation to Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Fifteen years ago, Frank Slaughter was incarcerated for a few days in the same facility where he now works as a corrections officer. At his church he turned his life around and became a deacon. Because of his experience, he believed he would be able to help inmates become successful, caring citizens who could contribute to society. He created a forward thinking program to rehabilitate inmates by helping secure employment for them before they're released. In addition to being a good role model and implementing programs to help inmates turn their lives around, Frank uses music and rap to tell stories that will encourage others to stay on track and do the right thing. He also helps coordinate mentors for the men at his church once they're released. Frank's program has successfully guided hundreds of men to a new path in life. His wife, Tracy, who served in the Navy, mentors single mothers and provides care for children, seniors and the homeless at their home, which doubles as a community center. Their oldest daughter, Tayana, who is following in her parent's footsteps and participated in the ROTC program, wants to join the Navy. This family, which has given so much to others, now needs a little help from Ty and the gang with their home. Their cottage is in poor condition, with one side wrapped in a tarp because of heavy water damage. The other side was battered by a tornado. With only two bedrooms, all of the children share one bedroom. But though the house may be caving in around them, the Slaughters make the most of things, and Frank and his wife are raising five bright, intelligent and respectful children. While Ty and the designers, local builder Montgomery & Rust and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Slaughter family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
Stephen, a special education teacher and his wife, Jean, have been foster parents for 25 years, fostering over 250 children. Their adopted son, eight-year-old Easter Seals Ambassador Jake Grys, suffers from Ontogenesis Imperfecta (a.k.a. Brittle Bone Disease) and Dwarfism. Jake was not expected to live more than a few weeks past birth. He far exceeded doctors' expectations and has an above average intelligence and a bursting personality. Inspired by Jake's spirit, Jean founded the Illinois Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation Support Group (OIF). She created an adoption listing within the OIF and helps private agencies find adoptive placements for children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta from India and China. The entire family is involved in fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MD), St. Jude, Easter Seals and the Special Olympics. In addition to coaching, competing and caring for the needs of the Special Olympics, Jake's siblings, Josh and Zach, have been camp counselors for the MD camp for six years, and Abagail and Rebekah have spent summers working with disabled children at Sunshine Camp. Jake's greatest desire is to be able to do things independently. Physically he cannot get a drink, go to the bathroom, turn on a light or even open a door. Jacob is so delicate that he sleeps in a dog bed made of memory foam so he won't fall off and break his bones. Now with the help of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Jake's independence can become a reality and his family can continue to focus on their community service. In addition, designer Rib Hillis heads to Los Angeles to consult with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Cheryl Burke for help in designing a special theme room for daughter Bekah's room. While Ty and the designers, local builder Design Built Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Grys family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
After the birth of a second child with autism, Matthew and Blasia Drumm dedicated their lives to children with disabilities. Now they help manage special needs Little League and, during the school year, Blasia works as a teacher's aid at the Franklin Learning Center for Handicapped Children. The Little League program has provided an opportunity for weekly gatherings by the community's special needs families; the Drumms help operate the concessions stand and coordinate travel for the League to other tri-state games and tournaments. They've also been of some assistance to blossoming leagues that have developed in the surrounding area, and in 2006 were awarded the Penn Marr Challenger League, Division Family Service Award. When purchasing their home, Matthew and Blasia were unaware that the home itself and the lot that it's on were used as a dump site for trash and waste. Because of their financial hardships, they've not made any improvements to the home, which is heated by a single wood-burning stove. The Drumms hope to one day work full time from home to help other special needs families. With a vision of transforming this family's junkyard home into a fresh dwelling where the Drumms can offer in-home respite care to other special needs children, Ty and the designers of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" have a big challenge in store for them. While Ty and the designers, multi-state builder Dan Ryan Builders, Challenger Little League Program and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Drumm family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
Patrick Tutwiler was shot in the neck by an Iraqi sniper and returned home with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, memory loss and speech problems. Less than a year later, their modest home was hit by an F4 tornado. Patrick and his wife, Crystal, pulled the family into a closet and used their bodies as human shields while the tornado tore the house apart. Patrick, Crystal, their four children and nephew were living on a nearby military base temporarily until Patrick was given his official military discharge. Because of his injuries and his current part-time employment, the family cannot afford to rebuild or purchase a new house. Now it is up to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to build this dedicated soldier a safer and stronger place to call home. While Ty and the designers, plus hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Tutwiler family will go on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's private island Castaway Cay. In addition, rock singer Gavin Rossdale performs his hit single, "Love Remains," for the family at the reveal.
Pinnacles of their community, the Girard family have always participated in a variety of volunteer efforts and charitable missions. The true heroism and courage of Thomas and Marc Girard will live forever in the memories of the many people's lives they touched, as both father and son embodied the spirit of generosity and dedication. Marc was studying to become a priest and Thomas, a computer technician by trade, donated his time to fundraising to help the elderly and the poor and to repairing computers at the children's elementary school. A year ago they lost their home in a fire and the Girards moved from a tent to a tiny camper and then to Carol's mother's house, which is almost 40 miles away from where the children go to school. The children sleep scattered throughout the house -- in the living room or in the cellar -- due to lack of space. Then one afternoon in June, Thomas took three of his children to a nearby lake for an afternoon swim. He began having trouble breathing, so Marc rushed into the lake, brought Hannah to safety and then went back into the water to help his father. Tragically his father never made it back, and Marc died trying to save him. The Girards need help, so it's up to Ty and his designers to build this brave family a new home, a place where they can recover from the immeasurable loss they've experienced. While Ty and the designers, local builder Home Designs BY Bruno and hundreds of volunteers and workers are building their home, the Girard family will go on vacation Walt Disney World.
Amber Augustin started up her volunteer photography business, "Tiny Works of Heart," which was inspired by the premature birth of her third child, son Lane. The challenge of Lane's birth and the family's emotional and financial struggles during this period inspired Amber to volunteer her time and talent as a photographer to taking pictures of babies born in the N.I.C.U. (neonatal intensive care unit). Many of the babies born in N.I.C.U. don't survive, making time spent between parents and their fragile babies very precious. For that reason, Amber started a free service and mission called "Tiny Works of Heart" to give families a chance to professionally capture their time with their fragile child. She also volunteers a great deal of time with an established organization whose intent is to provide hope, comfort, memories and a sense of "normalcy" to the families during these tough times. On Father's Day 2007, the Augustin family's life was turned inside out when a flood ravaged their home. The damage was so extensive that the home was entirely destroyed, as well as Amber's photography studio. Now it is up to Ty and the designers to rebuild their home and photography studio, which brought joy into the lives of hundreds of families affected by premature birth. While Ty and the designers, local builder Wall Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Augustin family will go on vacation to Hawaii for a Hilton vacation.
From an early age, Mary Ann was determined to lead an independent and active life. She participated in chores and played hopscotch with her able-bodied siblings and friends, using a skateboard. At five she was introduced to the Easter Seals, which became a great support to her. Growing up in poverty and an unstable household, Mary Ann was eventually placed in foster care. Soon after graduating high school, she got married and had four children, but they struggled financially. Through determination she got a driver's license, a college degree in business and eventually a job working with the Easter Seals (the organization that helped to support her development), which went on to select Mary Ann as their California Ambassador and then as their National Ambassador in 2005. Traveling throughout the U.S., Mary Ann told her story in schools and to corporate sponsors and inspired people to overcome adversity and reach for success. In 2006 she became a first-time homeowner, and has since counseled other struggling families looking for housing. Unfortunately Mary Ann's home has also led to physical injuries and challenges: to get into the bathroom and bedroom that her three teenage daughters share, she must leave her wheelchair; the steps leading into the living room and garage are dangerous and frustrating; she's also unable to cook in her kitchen because she can't reach some of the appliances, like the microwave. In the face of these potential hazards, Mary Ann's children are concerned for their mother's safety, especially when she's home alone. Now it's up to Ty and the designers to build this incredibly inspiring woman a home designed for her special needs, where she can safely and happily live with her four children. While Ty and the designers, local builder De Young Properties and hundreds of volunteers and workers are building their home, the Riojas family will go on a ski vacation to Crested Butte, Colorado.
Every day Maria and her husband, Jesus, travel across the border to bring food, clothing and supplies to thousands completely free of charge. Maria and Jesus both work multiple jobs in order to support their family and their charitable foundation. CNN recently named Maria as one of the "Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008" for her selfless work. In 1996, when Maria began her foundation, construction on the Ruiz home was just over half-finished. The whole concept for the foundation entailed that the family's resources and passions would go to feeding the hungry and helping their local community, so today their own home stands as it did twelve years ago, unfinished. In addition to exposed plywood floors and uncompleted dry wall, the actual house structure tilts in, apparently caving in on itself. The home has no heat and also suffers from water damage, cracks in the floors and walls. Moreover, because the food bank doesn't have a kitchen or storage area, the Ruiz family use their living room to store and prepare food donations. Thanks to this family's giving spirit, thousands of starving people have been fed. Now it's up to Ty and the designers to finally finish the Ruiz home and provide them a storage facility and a truck so they can continue to help others. While Ty and the designers, local builder Desert View Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are building their home, the Ruiz family will go on vacation to the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In addition, "America's Personal Trainer," Tony Little, most recognized for his infomercials and appearances on home shopping channels, drops by to demonstrate some cutting, slicing and dicing techniques to help demolish the Ruiz's old home.
Lizzie Bell was born with a rare blood condition that is characterized by a failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Less than 700 kids in the world are stricken with this disease, and 14-year-old Lizzie is one of them. The only thing that has kept her alive are the routine blood transfusions she has every two-three weeks. If she gets sick, she often has to go to the hospital so doctors can monitor her and keep her stable. When Lizzie was five, she and her mother decided to visit her local blood bank. There they learned that the refrigerators that should have been full of blood weren't. They didn't understand until that day just how desperate the nation is for donated blood, and decided to do something about it. The family established the John P. Bell Foundation, and for the past ten years little Lizzie and her family have been working hard to raise awareness about the desperate and ongoing need for blood donations. Lizzie was given the Red Cross Hero Award for her ambassadorship in telling others about blood drives and donating blood. But while she's been helping countless others, the Bells' home has been neglected because of Lizzie's high medical bills. The home is sinking, has gaping cracks in the cement floor, suffers mold and termite problems and needs countless repairs. These conditions are dangerous to Lizzie's health and her vulnerable immune system, so it's up to Ty and the designers to help the Bells spread the word, lighten the load and give Lizzie a comfortable and healthy home. In addition, ABC's "Supernanny" Jo Frost joins designer Eduardo Xol at one of the family's blood drive awareness events by collecting and redistributing toys for ill children in the community. While Ty and the designers, local builder John Wesley Miller Companies and hundreds of volunteers and workers are building their home, the Bell family will go on vacation to New York.
The Almquist family mission has been to protect and care for the wildlife community. Only a few years into their marriage, Joel and his wife, Chemaine, decided to build Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, a place where abused or neglected animals can come to live in a peaceful and loving environment. Currently Forever Wild provides a home for a variety of animals, including 9 tigers, 3 sulcata tortoises, 3 parrots, 10 alligators, 4 servals, 4 Mexican beaded lizards, 2 Siberian lynx and 1 Egyptian cobra. The Almquists never wish to turn away animals in need, but their monthly care expenses have become overwhelming, and they're unable to expand or improve their facilities. To maintain the sanctuary, Chemaine works tirelessly within their community, recruiting volunteers and donations, and Joel even holds down a second job. While the Almquist family have been busy creating a safe home for so many animals, their own home has nearly fallen apart. They live in a doublewide trailer that is held together by duct tape, lacks any heat or air conditioning, and has leaking pipes and large gaping holes throughout the floors. For all the dedication and hope the Almquists provide for the wildlife community, it's time for Ty and the designers to build this deserving family their own sanctuary and a better state-of-the-art animal facility. While Ty and the designers, a coalition of regional builders -- Murphy Construction Company, SC Homes, Inc., Steeno Design Studio and David L. Manwarren Corporation - and hundreds of volunteers and workers are building their home and wildlife sanctuary, the Almquist family will go on vacation to Costa Rica. In addition, Justin Chambers of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stops by to help welcome the family back on reveal day when they return to their brand new home.
Extraordinary compassion led George Kadzis, a prison dentist, and his wife, Barbara, a lifelong teacher who herself was adopted, to open their hearts and home to special-needs children adopted from orphanages in China. The family faced major challenges in their cramped, hurricane-damaged home, which was especially difficult for daughter Melody to navigate, as she is blind. The other adopted brothers and sisters also face significant physical challenges: Julia is deaf, Martin's right arm and hand are deformed, and Phoenix and Celeste are now having their cleft palates repaired. Aileen lost her birth father to cancer, and her birth mother fled after his death. Because Barbara and George Kadzis weren't fluent in Chinese, and several of their adopted children could barely communicate in any fashion, the family turned to the universal language of music as an instrument to heal, communicate and transform. Chris, Barbara and George's biological son, Martin, play the guitar and piano, Aileen plays the flute and Melody plays the zither, while sister Julia dances like she's listening to every note -- except that she can't hear. Now Ty and the designers, local builder Myddelton Parker Builders, LLC and hundreds of volunteers and workers, will step in and rebuild the Kadzis home. In addition, legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder stops by on reveal day and performs a private concert for the family.
Faced with the devastating losses of a daughter in 1995 to domestic violence and then a son eight years later to a drunk driver, Monica and Brady Jordan responded not with bitterness or self-pity but with dedicated, passionate service to their community. They're now raising their three grandchildren, are strong advocates of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and open their home to more than 100 youngsters each week who need a safe place to hang out. Monica began working for the State of Alabama's Crime Victims Commission and later became a prominent speaker for M.A.D.D. by holding meetings in her home. Daughter Brittany, a senior at the University of Alabama, aspires to be a pediatrician and volunteers at a rape crisis center. Brady, a printer, and his wife also make sure their home is a welcoming and safe haven where kids in the neighborhood drop by to eat, sleep, socialize and be mentored under their roof. But their house has gone without repair in years; their bathroom leaks into their kitchen, and some of the house siding has blown off. Thousands of meals have been cooked in a kitchen that's falling apart, has no overhead light, rotting counters and a stove that barely works. The Jordans dream of having a safe home and cannot bear the thought of turning away teenagers or having to stop volunteering for M.A.D.D. They have given so much for their cause and their community that M.A.D.D and the Alabama Police Department felt it was time for the Jordans to get something back. Now it's up to Ty and his designers to step in and help this family who have devoted themselves to protecting and guiding countless others. While Ty and the designers, local builder Aronov Homes, Inc. and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Jordan family will go on vacation to Disneyland.
U.S. Army Combat Medic Jeff Cooper served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, earning numerous medals of honor, but also leaving him suffering with Gulf War Syndrome. Now confined to a wheelchair, Jeff suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and ongoing immune system disorders. Although constantly in pain, he continues to fight for his fellow servicemen, single handedly lobbying the State Senate to pass legislation to provide all veterans who served in this war with a special license plate of recognition. His heroism hit close to home when son Aaron was run over by a garbage truck as he was emptying the garbage on the street for pickup. Although Jeff kept his son alive performing vital lifesaving procedures, Aaron lost most of his right arm. While this family has endured many trials, they've remained upbeat and happy. But life in their ill equipped home is hard: It's a moisture-plagued double wide with poor electrical, a sinking roof and a rotting wheelchair ramp. While Ty and the designers, local builder Aronov Homes, Inc and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Cooper family will go on vacation to Washington, DC. While there, the family meets former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin L. Powell, who presents them with a gift.
Terri and Chuck Cerda's two daughters, Molly and Maggie, were diagnosed with Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (CIDD) at the age of three and are now living in a home that is threatening their lives. CIDD -- a disorder of the immune system similar to that suffered by David Vetter, the "boy in the bubble" -- means that a simple cold is a life threatening lung infection. Chuck Cerda works as a Homeland Security police officer, and his wife, Terri, has worked all her life in global relief, organizing search & rescue dog services during disasters such as the Mexico City earthquakes and the Colombia mudslides. She's also worked as a volunteer for a number of community organizations, including the fire department and ambulance service. Terri has used her experience as an advocate and mother of two ill children to found Artful Hearts, which gives painting murals to organizations, clinics and foundations that operate to support other children fighting life threatening medical conditions. She also works as a patient advocate for the Immune Deficiency Foundation, a position which has taken her to Washington, DC to meet with senators to influence laws governing medications that could save thousands of lives. In 2004 the Cerdas were fraudulently sold a home that was in poor condition while their oldest daughter lay in intensive care. After six floods, they were forced to make repairs themselves, but after a recent inspection, structural engineers advised them to gut the house or tear it down and rebuild. The water damage is extensive and sewage continues to back up into the home. A load bearing beam is also threatening the structural integrity of the house. While Ty and the designers, local builder Wright Custom Home and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Cerda family will go on vacation to Maui, Hawaii.
McFarland Family, Parts 1 & 2
nspired by a librarian, Bernard McFarland learned the power of books and the weight of words at an early age. Though raised in an impoverished family, Bernard overcame his obstacles with his thirst for knowledge and graduated from college. He then joined the military, and afterwards returned to his hometown with his three sons. In a community where violence was on the rise and kids were dropping out of school, Bernard set out on a mission to change those statistics and redirect the minds of the children in his hometown with "Pack House 2000," a program dedicated to helping exercise the minds and expanding the dreams of these youngsters by forming reading groups and organizing field trips to libraries, museums and cultural events throughout the city despite Bernard having few resources. As Bernard leads these efforts to help children realize their full potential, the McFarland home has deteriorated to an unsafe dwelling where the three boys share one room. There are holes throughout the ceiling, walls and floors, water damage in the sub-flooring and rusting pipes, plumbing, corroded wiring and crumbling drywall. Now Ty and the designers will lead the "Home Edition pack" in fulfilling the wish of this inspiring father and his family who has helped so many capture their dreams of a greater education and better life. The Season Finale, with a special appearance and donation by the Indiana Pacers.
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