ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" TRAVELS TO IOWA
TO HELP A BLIND WIDOW WHO LIVES IN A FARMHOUSE
WITH HER SIX CHILDREN
"Gibbs Family" Parts 1 & 2 - In this two-part episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the design team travels to Fayette County, Iowa to surprise Audrey Gibbs and her family. Audrey is a mother, a widow, a farm owner and a maternal optimist who won't let anything stop her from raising her six children, not even her blindness and her battle with a potentially fatal condition. Seven months after her husband died, Audrey had a brain aneurism that affected a quarter of her brain - leaving her legally blind. The doctors cannot say if she is going to lose her sight completely or even if she is going to live or die. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs SATURDAY, JULY 28 (8:00-9:00 & 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/6/12)
Audrey has always been pragmatic and has no time for self-pity. She is passionately committed to doing whatever it takes to raise her kids. Realizing she could not continue working as a cosmetologist, she decided to attend massage therapy classes, as she knew it was a career she could still practice after losing her sight. However, Audrey does worry about what will happen to her kids, should the worst happen.
The Gibbs family own and live on a farm which they rent portions of to local farmers for additional income. Their farmhouse is in need of significant repair, with no working toilet, a ceiling that's caving in and a layout that doesn't work for the family at all- especially for Audrey, if she loses her eyesight completely.
The "EM:HE" design team has just seven days to build a brand new home for the Gibbs. The family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Sabrina Soto, Jeff Dye and local builders Larson Construction Company, Inc., as well as community volunteers, build the structure. Also, musician Bret Michaels appears in this episode.
"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.