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"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" HELPS AN INJURED IRAQI WAR VETERAN HERO AND HIS FAMILY FROM KANSAS REBUILD THEIR LIVES IN A SPECIAL TWO HOUR EPISODE

Posted on 01/22/2009 by RealityWanted in Extreme Makeover Home

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Extreme Home Makeover

Gavin Rossdale Performs at the Reveal


"Tutwiler Family" -- "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be traveling to Fort Riley, Kansas to announce to the Tutwiler family, who have been living on a military base ever since their house in Chapman -- along with the town -- was devastated by an F4 tornado, that they will have a new home built in only seven days, SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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, local builder coalition A.F.M.C. Construction & Remodeling Inc., American Dream Development, Blixt Construction, L.C., Harris Custom Homes LLC, Ponton Construction Inc. and Ryan McDonald Construction, 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.

The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney and Ed Sanders. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

 

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

 


  

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