"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" REBUILDS THE DECAYING HOME OF A
DEDICATED TEACHER AND MOTHER FIGHTING COLON CANCER
Jewel & Ty Murray "Get on the Bus" to Volunteer
"Creasey Family" -- On November 11, 2009, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to Davidson County, NC - with celebrity volunteers Jewel & Ty Murray -- to meet Tricia Creasey, a beloved teacher who is battling stage-four cancer while her husband struggles to keep their home livable for their family. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, JULY 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast: OAD: 1/31/10)
Three years ago Tricia was diagnosed with colon cancer. A dedicated seventh grade teacher, she refused to stop teaching while undergoing the chemotherapy and major surgery her treatment required. In May of 2009, Tricia's cancer returned and spread to her lymph nodes. To prevent the cancer from spreading any further, Tricia receives weekly chemotherapy treatments that cost the family $1,400 a month after insurance. The Creaseys bought their home as a fixer-upper, but the necessary repairs and renovations have taken a back seat to Tricia's medical care. Numerous structural problems such as holes in the floor, walls and roof -- where animals can get in -- cracks in the foundation, lack of insulation, and extensive water damage from a leaking roof create additional, everyday obstacles and hazards for Tricia and the entire family. In addition, the house has only one bathroom, which Tricia must often occupy for hours a time to take care of medical necessities. Now it's up to Ty and the gang to build William, 40, Tricia, 37, Brittany, 12, Makenzie, 5, and Makayla, 5, a new home that will not only be a safe place for Tricia to battle her cancer, but provide a place for family, friends and the community to gather and offer support.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, designers Ed Sanders, Paul DiMeo and Tracy Hutson, local builder Hedrick Creative Building, LLC, and community volunteers are featured rebuilding the home. Additionally for this episode, singer/songwriter/actress Jewel & "King of the Cowboys" Ty Murray are the celebrity volunteers on the build.
The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
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