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John Walsh Teams Up with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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.

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8 Responses to “John Walsh Teams Up with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

  1. toni Says:
    July 11th, 2005 at 5:13 pm

    I’m very confused. This says the show aired last night? The Dolan family was on last night… This sounds like a new episode – it’s not one I remember at least, and I’ve seen every episode – so are you sure this was supposed to air last night and not, say, in the fall some time?

  2. Joe Reality Says:
    July 11th, 2005 at 6:18 pm

    You are correct. ABC made an episode change and we didn’t catch the update in time on our site. Here is the show that aired last night.

    “Dolan Family, Parts 1 & 2″ — In November 2004, James Dolan of St. Petersburg, Florida made news because the unthinkable happened — a deranged man with a gun walked into the electronics store where he worked and opened fire. In fifteen seconds that would forever change the lives of the Dolan family, three people died, including the gunman, who had shot James in the head. Miraculously James survived, but without his eyesight. Now James is in the news again, but for a much happier reason. He and his family are the recipients of an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” in two back-to-back episodes to air SUNDAY, JULY 10 (7:00-8:00 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network. The design team will replace the Dolans’ 1960s-era ranch house with a brand new home that’s more navigation-friendly for him. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 5/1/05)

    Editors note: These episodes replace “Nick Family” which had been scheduled for this time.

    James and his wife, Chrissy, have been together since they were teenagers, and were thrilled when they were able to afford to buy James’ childhood home to raise their own children. But money was tight, so James did what he thought was best for his family and took on a second job as a manager at the electronics store. Although the victim of a heinous crime, James is thankful that he’s alive and still able to be with his wife and children every day. At the same time he feels like he’s been failing them, no longer able to manage the upkeep of their home. James was naturally handy, and he enjoyed fixing up the house. But now everyday tasks like getting something to eat or drink, or turning on lights for his children have become difficult to accomplish. Bigger tasks — such as fixing the roof — are impossible.

    The design team, homebuilder Lexington Homes, contractors and over 1000 workers and volunteers will overhaul the Dolans’ 1846-square-foot home in a just seven days. In its place will be a new 4,487-square-foot home with features that address James’ other senses, especially touch and hearing. As safety is a concern, elements like rounded corners on countertops will be incorporated.

    While the renovation takes place, James, his wife Chrissy and their children — Charlie, 12, Haley, 6, J.T., 3 — and Chrissy’s brother, Phil Yeager and his fiancie, Lauren Schneider, who have both been a source of support for the family — will go on vacation to the Westin Rio Mar Beach and Golf Resort in Puerto Rico.

    The design team for these episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Constance Ramos, Preston Sharp and Eduardo Xol. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. It’s executive-produced by Tom Forman. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

  3. Emerald Says:
    July 11th, 2005 at 9:51 pm

    they will be playing reruns til the new season of “EMHE” comes and the next episode runing is “The Vardon Family”. I will try to find out when the new season begins and “The Nick Family” should be the first episode to run.

  4. Valerie Says:
    July 13th, 2005 at 9:21 pm

    i live in arkansas about 20 mnutes from where the nck family lives. word around town is that the episode is not going to air. nobody knows why. must be something wrong if they are going to makeover an entire house and film for 8 days and then not air it. im very curious to see if they air it.

  5. sharon Says:
    July 17th, 2005 at 8:23 pm

    Could you please tell me when the Nick Family episode will air. My entire office has been watching and have not seen it yet.

    Thank you.

  6. Manda Says:
    July 26th, 2005 at 1:49 pm

    Any news on when the show will air yet?

  7. Krissy Says:
    August 16th, 2005 at 11:45 am

    It aired here. Sure it is August, so you probably saw it too. How terrible. My mom cried when Kathy Mattea sang her song. Does anyone know what it was called?

  8. carolina Says:
    September 29th, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    i want to know the name of the song of Kathy Mattea in this ocation?

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