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ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition searching for heroic families

Do you know a hometown hero whose home deserves an extreme makeover? If so, the producers of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition want to hear from you. Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to North Carolina. "We are looking for inspirational families that America can really root for," says casting director, Quintin Strack. What does it take to be picked for an extreme makeover? Strack says, "We are in search of real heroes…people that have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else." In addition, to heroics, the producers are looking for families whose homes are in dire need of help. "We don't want to tear down a nice looking house. We want to see houses that look like they might fall down on their own!" To be eligible, a family must own their own single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives. Interested families should e-mail a short description of their family story to Nominations must include the names and ages of each member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home. Also be sure to explain why this family is deserving, heroic, or a positive role model in their community. If possible, include a recent photo of the family. Don't forget to include a contact phone number. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 12th 2009. Don't delay! For more information on how to apply please visit: Each episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is self-contained and features a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take at least four months to achieve, involving a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers who have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house - every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping. The lives of the lucky families are forever changed when they learn that they have been selected to have their home walls moved, their floors replaced and even their façades radically changed. The result should be a decorator's delight… if it can be done in time. Each episode begins with team leader Ty Pennington's now-famous "good morning!" wake-up call, when he, along with the other designers, surprises the unsuspecting family with news that their home has been chosen to receive a makeover. Then viewers witness not only the unbelievable transformation of the house, but during the final and emotional reveal, they see how the home makeover has impacted the lives of the deserving families. The design team includes team leader Ty Pennington, with designers Paul Dimeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson, Tanya McQueen, Eduardo Xol and John Littlefield. New designers for this season will be Rib Hillis and Didi Ayer. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which has won back-to-back Emmy awards as best reality program (non-competitive), is in its 5th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

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please help

I am hopeing to get help for my family my husband and i got married 19 years ago i already had a son who was 2 everytime we went on a date my husband said bring your son to. so he was there from the gitgo after we got married we had to live with his parents because we diddent have jobs. then we were married for one month when we found out we where gonna be parents again.we lived there with his parents for 14 months. my husband worked here and there where ever he could. then my father n law lost his home we then moved in with my sisrernlaw and her family and my mothernlaw left her husband and came with we lived for 4 months in a two bedroom trailer .then we found a home and moved in that and lived untill we just couldent take all the field mice anymore so we managed to buy a home and stayed un till our park owner sold the park to another person and she diddent want kids and so we were faced with finding somewhere to move the trailer but could not find anywhere. so we had to let it go. and when we let it go my mothernlaw moved ot and my husband and our now 3 childmoved in to a camper trailer in my sisters front yard then after three months of that the man that owened that came and got it and then we where homless with three children so my oldest son was 18 and stayed with friends and my husband and myself and our other two kids slept in the car we drove whereever we could. then my sister in indiana called and said she needed a place to stay and she would help me find a place to rent and help with the rent. so i did. only three months later smoved back to indiana and left me strugaling to pay the rent and then i find out that my fifteen year old son at the age of 13 has an incurable heart condition and were gonna loose him we go to duke childrens medical center and to heart drs he already has a defibulater in and now is faced with a second surgery to cut tissues out of his chest .he has hypatrophic cardeo car has been destroyed it is falling apart but i am still driving it. i would do anything to help anybody i always put myself last and everybody else first but right now i need stabilaty in all our lives. and that wont happen unless i can get extrem home makeover to build me a home so we know we will never have to live in a car or woods again please help me i am so stress out i have lost my job i cant work for dealing with my depresion and my sons health problems and worring weather or not we will have the money to make rent i dont know where to turn please can you help me .

I know a very speacial family thats realy need help from Ty

Dear Ty I have known this very speacial family for 30 yrs. during all thoes years they always been thier for my family and many others no matter what through the good and bad. they are very good friends of ours and more like family,our friend Alisha Valaques has been sick for a long time she has a problem with her lungs. But she does not let her illness stop her from helping others. they are living in a rental home temperarly untill they can move into their new home that was being built but was put on hold and not finish because thier was no more help and some one messed up the plumbing and its a mess. they could really need your HELP Ty.Only if I could talk to you on the phone to explain more about this family. sicerly, Marianne meade

i am proud of you all but sad to

i just know we wouldnt be picked i am disable we live in a broken down trailer i am raising a 2 and 4 y old grandaughter but i wouldnt what to take someone place but we could use help if anyone has a trailer 3 bedroom and deacent shape as long as it not broken down we really need help theses 2 girls deserve it ty