MARLEE MATLIN AND STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION'S WILLIAM "BILL" AUSTIN
PRESENTS THE VARDON FAMILY WITH SPECIAL GIFTS, ON NOVEMBER 7 EPISODE
OF ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION"
When Stefan Vardon, 14, wrote a heartwarming school essay about his deaf parents and his blind and autistic 12-year-old brother, he had no idea that it would lead to the team from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" showing up at his family's Oak Park, Michigan home. In two back-to-back episodes airing SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (7:00-8:00 and 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on ABC, the design team transformed the Vardons' ordinary 980-square-foot house into a dream home outfitted with the latest communications and safety devices for people with hearing loss.
During the "reveal" of the two-hour installment, actress Marlee Matlin and William "Bill" Austin, founder and head of the Starkey Hearing Foundation -- who travels all over the world fixing "broken ears" and is known as the "Santa Claus" of hearing -- presented Stefan with a $50,000 college scholarship check from the foundation. Later on, Marlee and Bill sat with Stefan's deaf mother, Judy Vardon, while she got her hearing tested for the first time in 20 years. Amazingly, Judy found she had residual hearing and was a candidate for a hearing aid.