July 09, 2005 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
"Nick Family, Parts 1 & 2"– A single mother who lived through a parent’s worst nightmare when her oldest daughter was abducted is the latest recipient to be astonished by the door knock of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team and contractors, in two back-to-back episodes airing SUNDAY, JULY 10 (7:00-8:00 and 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
What started out one night as a beautiful, picture perfect summer evening for Colleen Nick and her children quickly spiraled into a horrible tragedy that would haunt the family and their community forever. Colleen and the kids had traveled to Alma, Arkansas, to watch their friend’s son play in a little league game at a brand new ballpark. Several innings into the game, six-year-old Morgan was bored and asked her mom if she could join her friends in catching fireflies. Colleen remembered thinking how happy Morgan looked to be set free. That’s the last memory she has of her eldest daughter; Morgan suddenly vanished. A massive manhunt got underway quickly, as this parent’s worst nightmare came true.
At the time, the Nick family was living 30 minutes away from Alma. When law enforcement officials advised Colleen to stay near the abduction site, she ended up first living out of a fire station and then, later, bought the only house in Alma that she could afford – going to all lengths to be near the last tangible trace of Morgan. Unfortunately, it’s now ten years later and Morgan has yet to be found, though the investigation is still open. Despite all of Colleen’s best efforts, the police still don’t know what happened to Morgan Nick that summer evening at the little league field in Alma.
Colleen hasn’t let the search for her oldest daughter destroy her. Instead it has inspired her to prevent this terrible tragedy from befalling other parents and their innocent children. She started the Morgan Nick Foundation (MNF), which works tirelessly with law enforcement officials and parents to provide education designed to prevent abduction. Colleen is committed to making sure that other families don’t have to wait ten years (or more) for answers, and was instrumental in the Arkansas State Legislature’s passage of the Morgan Nick Amber Alert Program.
While the Nicks’ spirit and hopes of finding Morgan have not been dashed, any improvements to their dilapidated house have been. Their three-bedroom, 1512-square-foot ranch style home was recently flooded due to the explosion of their old water heater, resulting in all of the floors having to be ripped out. It’s been tough; Colleen devotes all of her time and energy to her remaining children, Logan (13) and Taryn (11), and to helping several thousand others nationwide.
While the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Nicks’ house into a dream home that will hopefully ease their burden and comfort them in their difficult journey, the family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
Also, for the first time ever, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and John Walsh, founder of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and host of "America’s Most Wanted" — whose son, Adam, was also abducted and killed — will work together to try and locate Morgan and other missing children across the country, as the team remodels the house of this very deserving family. June 9, the day of the "door knock" when Colleen received the news of the makeover, also marked the 10th anniversary of Morgan’s abduction.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Preston Sharp, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney and Constance Ramos.