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Television show looking for area residents

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Any hometown heroes out there with a need for a home makeover?

The producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," are looking for residents in need of a home makeover.

"We are looking for inspirational families that America can really root for," show casting director Quintin Strack said.

According to a press release provided by the show, host Ty Pennington and his crew have traveled across the country and might possibly come to Indiana for the show's sixth season.

Strack said the show is looking for heroes, or "people that have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else."

"We don't want to tear down a nice looking house," Strack continued. "We want to see houses that look like they might fall down on their own!"

"It's just what we're looking for," show casting associate Lauren Spiegel said.

"There are a lot of definitions of a hero."

To be eligible, a family must own their own single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a difference in their lives. All families interested in applying should e-mail a short description of their story to castindiana@gmail.com.

Nominations must include the names and ages of each member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home. The show also asks those interested in applying to explain why the family is deserving, heroic, or a positive role model within their community and, if possible, include a recent photo of the family. The producers of the show also ask those interested to provide a contact number.

The deadline for nominations is May 9.

"We're just looking for a great family," Spiegel said.

According to the press release, each episode of the show 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 workers who have just seven days to rebuild an entire house -- including all rooms, plus the exterior and landscaping.

The lives of the chosen family are changed when they learn that they have been selected to have their home walls removed, their floors replaced and their facades radically changed.

Each episode begins with Pennington's now-famous "Good Morning," wake-up call, when he, along with the other designers, surprises an unexpected family with news that their home was chosen to receive a makeover. Then, viewers witness the transformation of the home while also seeing how the home makeover impacted the lives of the family.

The design team includes Pennington, with designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson, Tanya McQueen, Eduardo Xol and John Littlefield. New designers this season include Rib Hillis and Didi Ayer.

The show has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive) and is currently in its fifth season.

The show is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey serves as the show executive producer and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

Spiegel said the show was in Indiana during its fourth season but has not been back since.

She added the process of choosing a family may take time.

"It's a long process," she said. "It could be within the next few months."

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My understanding is that you are possibly going to be in Indiana.This is great,I have a family whom is very deserving of your help.It's the Lawler family from the small town of Brazil,In.Chris Lawler is in the Air force and is currently overseas.His wife Kahleah who works for The local Head Start program there.She is an assistant teacher and also drives the bus for the children.This school is for special need children and low income families.They have 2 beautiful liltle girls.Kylee who is 6,and Chloe who although is 3 has the mental ability of a 6m old.Chloe has an abundent list of problems.She started out when she was born with a Clef lip and pallet.After that she has numerous problems including having to have a special chair to help her learn to stand straight up and possibly one day with Gods Grace walk.She doesn't have the ability to control her motor skills,and does not talk.She also has a feeding tube called a GI tube in her belly so she can eat.She cannot eat food as we know it.Chris is dedicated to his family so much so he has volenteered to be away overseas during little Chloes time in the womb,and several times since she was born to help with all the bills that just keep comming.He missed out on a lot of firsts with her so he could provide for his family.They all are very active in our church.Chris was at one time Leader of our Boys in what we call the Royal Rangers.He also was very involved in the youth group doing Dramatic Passions.Kahleah helped out at the church while pregnant with Chloe with our Toddlers with Rainbows on Wednesday nights.They are so giving of thier time to help out others,they forget about themselves. To be so young (mid 20) they are doing the best they can and know how to.They are contantly going back and forth to Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis,In and that's no small trip.They have been blessed with Parents that help out the best they can in watching the girls while Chris is gone and Kahleah works.The local YMCA has witnessed the family first hand.They are very loved in the community.Thier house though is less to be desired.They have started a few projects here and there to try and make it better but with the schedule and Chloe always needed attention it's really hard to finish anything.They have 3 bdrms but 2 of them are up stairs and they are very steep.There is no safety rail to hold on to.Chloe sleeps in a baby bed still because of her special needs and that is in a very cramped bdrm with Chris and Kahleah.The new baby is comming and as a new born,she will need to be close to mom and dad and to tell you the truth I don't know how they are going to do it.Kylee sleeps upstairs,and is a big girl.She has grown up in this house she knows the ins and outs but Chloe cannot be moved far from mom and dad.With a growing family,I feel they are out growing this house.There is no storage and Kahleah trys to find space where ever she can and she has become very good at trying to make it work.They have had so many problems with the furnace,and even at one time thought little Chloe was sick because of Carbon Dioxcide. The kitchen is where Chloes meds are kept and prepared for her feeding tube.Where the ants come from and why is such a mystery but they won't go away.And you just know if they are crawling over things in the daytime what are they contaminating at night.They have so many hospital bills and still they hold thier heads high.If you just met this family at the local Wal-Mart and struck a conversation you would never know what the real story was.They are not bitter they are blessed.Thier faith is strong,and they know He will provide some how.Now Chris is away agian Serving his Country while his wife is carring yet another daughter.He is missing out on the doctor apointments all the unltasounds and just feeling the baby kick.Kahleah is basically a single mom.We all love them dearly and know there are a lot of families out there in need.But I feel so strongly about the Lawler family.God has a plan and has since day one.Won't you please be Gods angels and come meet them.These girls expecially Chloe needs a safe,clean,handicap excessable place to live.Thank you so very much for doing what you do.I watch your show faithfully,and I just love to see the unselfish love and sincerity you all have.I cry because of the joy you not only bring to the families but that you all doing Gods work.It is amazing how you get people to help out so much.You all are Angels.Thank you agian~Dawn Hardwick

-- Posted by Mysonjd on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 9:36 PM

They need the names and ages of the entire family:

Christopher Lawler 28 years old

Kahleah Lawler, 27 years old

Kylee Lawler, 6 years old

Chloe Lawler, 2 1/2 years old

Karlee Lawler, Due to arrive June-July 2008

They also ask what challenges the current home presents,

The house is NOT handicap accessible and Chloe will soon be getting her new wheel chair. The home is also only a 3 bedroom home with two of the three rooms being located upstairs. Due to Chloe's special needs, she stays in Chris and Kahleah's room which is too small for this.

The show also wants to know why the family is deserving of this:

Any one who know this family can answer this but just a few items: Chris is in the Indiana Air National Guard currently on his 5th deployment overseas. He also volunteers with the Base Honor Guard. He coaches Youth Soccer and Youth Basketball for the local YMCA. He developed a program called the Fatherhood Initiative which works to get Dads involved with their kids and plans Father/Child activities. He also directs the Fine Arts program of the Youth group at the church.

Kahleah works for the Clay County Head Start as an assistant teacher and bus driver. She is very involved with the children at the Head Start program. She has been involved with past VBS programs and the rainbows program at the church, but most of her time is spent with the Girls now. Kahleah holds down a job and runs their home while Chris is deployed.


-- Posted by Mysonjd on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 8:55 PM

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