Extreme Makeover Home Edition : Scammed by Family

We have seen truly needy families helped by Ty Pennington and his design crew and volunteer builders, but in this case the family given a new home turned out to be scammers that were out to get a new home for nothing not to mention a secret they kept from the researchers trying to verify if they really needed a new home.

The Chuck and Terri Cerda home was more than the family could pay for, so they moved to Oregon from Las Vegas.

The reason that ABC had the home built in the first place was that their daughters Maggie and Molly both supposedly had to wear masks to avoid the germs in their old house before the new house was built.

Six doctors said the two girls were not in any medical jeopardy. Even worse Maggie and Molly were victims of medical child abuse.

The girls apparently had been trained to feign illness when being examined by doctors, yet were able to run and play when they had the chance.

It is good that the Cerda family was not able to make the payments on their new home given to them by ABC.

When they moved to Oregon, the Oregon health system saw through their chicanery and recognized they were using the children for monetary reasons.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has helped a lot of families, but the Cerda family’s story of having two daughters who had to wear masks to avoid germs, turned out to be a lie according to the following article.


Many other families who had houses built for them by ABC have had to give up their homes because they couldn’t afford the payments.

Sometimes when the families are shown their new home, someone will present them a check to pay off the mortgage for the family.

However, the families in this Wall Street Journal article, had to give up their homes and put them on the market. So when Ty Pennington says “welcome home” to the family moving into their new house,  it doesn’t mean the family always is able to live in the homes for many years to come.

ABC needs to be even more careful about who they give these new homes to, now that they know a family may only be pretending to actually need a new home.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition also needs to build smaller houses to keep the monthly payments down for the families.



Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Lori Piestewa Family

The family of Lori Piestewa (right) an American soldier killed in Iraq was given a new home on a recent Extreme Makeover Home Edition program with her friend Jessica Lynch pictured on the left being one of those helping on the project.

I have seen a lot of Extreme Makeover Home Edition programs which have touched my heart but the one broadcast recently about Lori Piestewa topped them all considering she had given her life for her country.

Her friend Jessica Lynch who had served in Iraq with Lori had made a pact with Lori that if anything happened to either of them the one remaining would make sure the family of the deceased soldier would be taken care of.

Lynch kept her word and was one of the workers that helped with the construction of a new home for the Piestewa family.

Family Had History of Military Service

It was particularly sad to see how the death of their mother had touched the son and daughter of Lori. Lori’s family had a history of service in the United States military with her father and grandfather having served in defense of our country.

I didn’t know until reading the accompanying article that the family had been given the new home four years ago. Even that doesn’t matter though since it is a program that needs to be reshown many times to remind us of how Lori a brave Hopi Indian woman served her country and how her friend Jessica was there to see the family receive their new home.

The most touching scene of the program was when the family entered the new home and saw a special room set up in honor of Lori with photos of her and other mementos of her life.

It was particularly heartwarming to see her son and daughter as they saw photos of them and their mom.

Excited to See New Homes

It is good to know that American Extreme Makeover Home Edition continues to give homes to those who really need homes and to see the faces on the families after the bus has been moved from the front of the home.

More than a few tears have been shed by both the families receiving the homes and the viewers at home watching a family with no hope receiving a home and changing their lives.

I can still remember the news stories about the convoy in which Lynch and Piestewa were traveling in being attacked by terrorists with Lynch being captured and later escaping to safety.

Special Thanks

ABC and Sears and any other sponsors of the program deserve a special thanks for reminding us what makes this country great as builders and average citizens pitch in and work for seven days on providing some happiness for a family that was left without their daughter after she was killed in Iraq.

Ty Pennington may be a little off the wall sometimes but you can look in his eyes while a family is telling him their story and know that he truly cares about each family that has ever been given a new home.


Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Show With a Purpose

Extreme Makeover Home Edition has made the difference in the lives of many families by building homes for people who desperately need them.

Most television shows only entertain but Extreme Makeover Home Edition actually helps people who are living in dilapidated homes while most of those people have dedicated their lives to others and are providing a service of  some kind to their community.

One story that comes to mind is of the soldier who lost a leg in war on terrorism and when he returns his wife leaves him to make it on his own leaving him to raise the kids.

Pennington Tells Of Family Being Helped

Ty Pennington tells his makeover crew the story on the bus about the family they are going to help and they agree to help the soldier by building him and his kids a new home.

The most moving part of the show is when his fellow soldiers that were there when he lost his leg help build a flagpole in his front yard. Anyone with any emotion at all that saw that part of the show couldn’t help but be touched and perhaps shed a few tears as he saw what they had done for him.


Police Officer Receives New Home

There have been many more episodes than I can remember but another one that stands out is when a lady police officer is shot and has been confined to a wheelchair and has a new home built for her.

A few times the builders even pay the mortgage for a house. Not only do they have a new home they don’t have the worry of making monthly payments for it.


Build a New House in Seven Days

It is amazing that Pennington and the design crew along with help from hundreds of local people can build a new house in seven days.

Each old house has to be emptied of its contents which has to take a long time by itself so the the old home can be demolished.


Designing Rooms For Kids

I like the way the design team talks to the kids that will live in the house and find out what hobbies they are interested in and then design their rooms with that information in mind.

Once the house has been built the design crew, the builders and the people of the community converge on the house to celebrate the revealing of the house to the recipients.


Move That Bus Chants

Then the chant of  “move that bus” starts and the bus pulls away from the front of the house so the new occupants can see their new house.

Watching the faces of the people that are going to live in the house after the bus pulls away revealing their new house is priceless.

Then as they enter the house the first time and see the open space of the house where there may have been very little space before. One show had two people using wheelchairs having to navigate narrow halls in their old house.

Then they walk in the new house and see so much open space with a home built to the needs of the handicapped.

I always enjoy watching the kids walking into their new room for the first time and the excitement they are experiencing.


ABC Gives New Vehicles

Then sometimes ABC will even give the family a new vehicle adding even more happiness to their special day.

Not many viewers can watch the last part of the show when the recipients of a new house see their rooms one by one without being teary eyed.

It is wonderful that television viewers can share the happiness the owners of the new homes as they see their new home for the first time.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is the most heartwarming show on television and touches the hearts of both the new homeowners and those viewing the show on television.