November 27, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
"Lewis Family"–"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and the entire community of El Segundo, CA will come together to rebuild the home of police officer Bruce Lewis, his cancer stricken wife, Paulita, and their children, airing in two back-to-back episodes, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
One year ago, like many Americans, the Lewis’s took advantage of the low interest rates and took out a loan to improve and expand their small home. Progress was slow and shoddy. Then the heavy winter rains came, damaging and eventually caving in the roof, which destroyed all of their furniture and personal belongings. When Bruce confronted the contractor, the contractor abandoned the project and left town with $40,000 of the Lewis’ money. Bruce, Paulita, Erin and Hunter were left stranded at Bruce’s mother’s apartment — all four of them living in one tiny bedroom.
Bruce is a well-known, well-respected police officer in El Segundo, and the community was eager to help this man and his family. As they struggled to rebuild the house, they received the most horrific news — Paulita had cancer after discovering a lump in her neck.
The entire town of El Segundo has come together to help this family, and they are making slow progress on the house. But they can’t do what "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" does in a week, which is to give this mom the peace of mind that only a home can provide, so that she has a greater chance at recovery.
While local builder Taylor Woodrow, hundreds of workers and volunteers, Ty and the gang transform the Lewis’ house into a dream home, the family will go on vacation at Walt Disney World.
In addition, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks lend a helping hand and play hockey against the design team and builders, while standup comedian Robert Schimmel, also a cancer survivor, makes ‘em laugh at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and ESPN sportscaster John Anderson also drops by.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Daniel Kucan.