THE "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" DESIGN TEAM MAKE FAIRY TALE DREAMS
COME TRUE FOR YOUNG WIDOW AND HER CHILD IN HAMBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
Leigh Anne Tuohy Makes Her Series Debut as the Newest "EM: HE" Designer
Supermodel Christie Brinkley Volunteers at the Build and Helps
Raise Funds for the American Heart Association
"Urban Family" -- Trisha Urban of Hamburg, Pennsylvania suffered a terrible tragedy with the untimely death of her husband. Now she and her one-year-old daughter have an opportunity to turn the page on their past and open a new chapter in their lives in a home built on a foundation of joy, innocence and whimsy. By drawing upon classic fairy tales and rhymes, the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team rebuilt their crumbling, 300-year-old log cabin and farm and transformed it into the dream home that Trisha and her late husband, Andy, had once hoped for. Celebrity volunteer and supermodel Christie Brinkley helped in the build and participated in a fundraiser at an American Heart Association event honoring Trisha's husband. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Trisha and Andy met in college while both working an internship at a youth group home. Andy was the youth counselor and Trisha was the cook. It didn't take long for them to realize that they were meant to be together, and they soon married. The young couple were expecting their first child and in the process of turning their five-acre plot of land into their idyllic and beautiful dream home. On February 4, 2009, everything changed. Andy died suddenly of a heart attack while Trisha was in labor. She found Andy, who was born with a congenital heart defect, lying dead in the snow at their front gate. Trisha refuses to let Andy's death be in vain. Since his passing, she has raised thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association. In addition, she has taken on a second job as a hospice nurse, using her real life experience to help families cope during their difficult time.
Trisha, Cora and extended family went on vacation to Walt Disney World while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, designers Leigh Anne Tuohy, Paul DiMeo and Tracy Hutson, local builder Berks County Home Builders Association, and community volunteers rebuilt the home.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.