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Tom Family On Extreme Makeover Home Edition

November 06, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon

"Tom Family, Parts 1 & 2" — Susan Tom, a single parent of seven adopted children with disabilities from Fairfield, CA, didn’t set out to adopt children with special needs, but somehow they found each other. After her divorce, Susan, a mother of four at the time (two biological, two adopted), became a foster parent and soon fell in love with the children no one else wanted. Now "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will give back to a woman who has given so much love to children in need by providing a new home for her family in two special back-to-back episodes, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Taking in children with challenges hasn’t been easy. For Xenia and Hannah, who were born without legs, and Libby, who was born with spinal bifida and confined to a wheelchair, the Tom home is a logistical nightmare. For Cloe, who was born unable to bend her elbows and knees, getting around the house and up the stairs is extremely difficult. There is also Katie, who was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and is mentally challenged, and Faith, who was badly burned as a baby and encounters stares from strangers every day of her life. Finally there’s Margaret, who was not expected to live because of brain damage; she’s now a thriving 21-year-old who works full-time and helps out her siblings, as she pursues her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse.

In these special episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," this family will finally find a safe haven to call home. Discriminated against on a daily basis by ignorance and physical challenges, the Tom children deserve to have a home that doesn’t discriminate against them. Susan and the children are thinking of taking in more children with special needs, if their new house could accommodate them.

While the design team, contractors and hundreds of workers, volunteers and a local builder, the Sacramento division of John Laing Homes, are building the Tom’s dream home and comfortable living environment, the family will go on vacation at Walt Disney World.

In addition, the Backstreet Boys send a special video message to the family while on tour, and country singer Mark Wills performs for the family at Disney World during their vacation. During the construction, champion wrestler/weightlifter Kyle Maynard (author of "No Excuses"), who was born with a rare disorder called Congenital Amputation, inspects the house to make sure it’s disability friendly and gets into a wrestling match with Paul DiMeo.

The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Preston Sharp, Constance Ramos and Tanya McQueen. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Tom Forman.

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  1. EMHE fan Says:
    November 12th, 2005 at 7:19 am

    I love this family and their episode last Sun night. Wow, that was a really touching episode and such a wonderful, loving family. It was definately one EMHE’s best episodes and one of my top favorites. It was so heartbreaking to hear what Anthony went through and to see the pain those other kids went through, like with that beautiful little girl Faith. I can really relate to alot of different things about this episode, like I know exactly how much pain Faith goes thru with cruel, heartless people in the world who make fun of others just because of looks or whatever. so I know how they feel and what they go thru with that. God Bless her and that whole family. I’m so happy for them that they got the makeover, they totally deserved it. I can also relate to the other girl who loves the Backstreet Boys LOL, that was so cool cuz I love them too so it was fun seeing my 2 fave things – EMHE and BSB come together. I loved that bsb room! :) I loved that song that Mark Wills sang to Faith, I could relate to that as well. And I’m surprised the BSB didnt sing their other older song that is simular to the one Mark sang, as it would have fit in perfectly with this episode too. I also love photography and reading like those other 2 girls did and I loved their rooms too. I especially loved how that one girl just loved Preston AWW, I do too, he’s my favorite as well lol! that was really sweet. Those shandals (sp?) that Preston made were a great idea and really creative too. I wish this family all the very best.

  2. Anne-Marie Kittiphanh Says:
    November 19th, 2005 at 7:29 pm

    Hello I just watched the part with the backstreet Boys on stage, as for katie she is such a lucky girl to get that video from bsb, i’m a huge fan of them, i’ve met nick the youngest of the backstreet boys.
    I’m watching the show right now its a rerun, and i’m taping it, because i love the backstreet boys, and to see how many lives have been changed by just building a new house for a family that really needs it.
    I’m guessing katie loved her new Backstreet Boys bedroom, because when the show first airedi wasn’t able to watch the episode so i’m glad there was a rerun of it, to see a mother that has alot of courage in her to take on children with diff disabilities, god really has blessed this family, i hope they enjoyed the house.
    Fan of EMHE & Backstreet Fan

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  4. JJ Says:
    July 3rd, 2006 at 7:27 am

    We missed the second half of the Tom family. Does anyone know where I can get a copy?

  5. Neil Says:
    October 21st, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    OMG, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL EPISODE, IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER SO MUCH. SUSAN’S STRENGTH IS AMAZING! I REALLY ADMIRE HER

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