March 19, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
Jamaican-born Dunstin Rainford of Riviera Beach, FL had just fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen when the unthinkable happened. Dunstin, a one-time hospice nurse’s aide, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, an unpredictable lymphatic cancer. His dying wish to provide a happy and safe home for his family will now be granted by the team of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," airing SUNDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Throughout his treatments, Dunstin has stayed positive, telling his children that something good would come out of this horrific situation. The children believed him until Hurricane Wilma ravaged their home in September, tearing off a portion of their roof and destroying the interior. Prior to the hurricane and to his diagnosis, Dunstin had been trying to fix up his home one room at a time, but now every last penny has gone to the roof and his medical expenses. There is nothing left to rebuild this dad’s dream for his children.
Always the hard worker and dedicated father, Dunstin has a strong desire to live. However he is not frightened of death, and has made the arrangements for his children to live with his sister, if he dies. But Dunstin is worried about leaving his family in an unsafe house.
The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team will grant this loving father’s dying wish to fix his home for his children and hopefully lift their spirits as well. As a celebration of life, Grammy Award-winning reggae music star Damian Marley performs for the family after the house reveal in a Jamaican beach-themed party.
While Ty and the gang, local builder Majestic Homes, and hundreds of workers and volunteers transform the Rainfords’ house into a dream home, the family will go on vacation to Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Eduardo Xol and Daniel Kucan.