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Friday, March 7, 2008

Extreme Makeover is looking for a home in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 5:25 AM

With one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, Clevelanders could use some financial aid -- and some good news. Extreme Makeover, the ABC show that builds deserving people new homes and induces more tears than a sliced onion, is coming to Cleveland. Producers are searching for inspiring stories about local families who need a new house. The catch: The show is looking for a family that has already given back to the community… “We’re in search of real heroes -- people that have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else,” explains casting director Quintin Strack. Producers are looking for people like Amy Hawkins, a Tennessee mother who became a quadriplegic after throwing her body over her two sons when a tornado ripped their home. Or Betsy Rogers, an Alaskan with nine children, who agreed to care for her brother and his two children when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. There’s at least one requirement that shouldn’t cause any problems. Producers are only looking for decrepit homes. “We don’t want to tear down a nice looking home,” Strack says. “We want to see houses that look like they might fall down on their own.” To nominate a family, send an e-mail with their personal story to Include the names and ages of each family member and the problems with their home. Since this is TV, photos are encouraged. Chosen families must own their own home or property that a new home could be built on. The deadline is March 24. – Rebecca Meiser

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