"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" HELPS A PARALYMPICS GOLD MEDALIST
WHOSE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS ALSO SOARS TO OLYMPIAN HEIGHTS
Country Star Kellie Pickler Volunteers for "Get on the Bus" Campaign
and Debuts New Song at the Reveal
"Terpenning family -- "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and celebrity volunteer Kellie Pickler travel to Beavercreek, Ohio, to tell James Terpenning, a wheelchair sports champion and mentor to disabled Iraqi War veterans, that he and his family will have a newly rebuilt home in seven days. James, a computer specialist at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is known at work and in the community as an inspirational role model who always helps others but never asks for help himself. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Rebroadcast: OAD: 11/8/09)
*Note: This episode replaces "Hill Family."
Country music sensation Kellie Pickler will be the celebrity volunteer for this build and will perform her new song at the family's reveal. The design team for this episode will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Didiayer Snyder.
Crippled by polio during infancy and abandoned by his American G.I. father in Vietnam, James nevertheless considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. He was supposed to be airlifted out of Vietnam on a military plane that crashed, killing all the children and aid workers aboard. Instead, he had safe passage, leading to a new life in America as an adopted son in an Ohio family. While growing up, James competed in wheelchair sports and later represented the U.S. at the Paralympics, where he earned both gold and silver medals. He continues to serve his country in civilian technical support for the Air Force and by helping disabled veterans. James also is a frequent speaker at schools, educating children and teens about living with special challenges.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The series is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
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