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The Byers Family On Extreme Makeover Home Edition

October 07, 2007 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon

Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition pays a visit to the Byers family of
Corvallis, Oregon.  Seven year old Jenessa Byers, who was diagnosed
with pediatric cancer in 2006, decided she wanted to help others find
the strength and inspiration to beat cancer.  Along with her mother
Rachel, Jenessa developed a webpage where she posts daily affirmations
like "cancer sucks."

Jenessa’s mission is to raise awareness and financial support for pediatric cancer.  Over the past 12 months, millions of people worldwide have logged on to see this little girl’s video blog chronicling her fight against cancer.  Jenessa has also raised money, toys and donations for other cancer patients.

Before Jenessa was diagnosed with cancer, the Byers had dreams of renovating their home.  But as soon as the cancer appeared, the renovations became the least of their worries.  An outdated and dirty heating system only heats a part of the home, and the wiring is exposed throughout the house, making it dangerous for the children to be around.  In addition, mold and toxins have caused health concerns to both Jenessa and her brother, 13-year-old Joey, who suffers from severe asthma.

The condition of the home is so bad that it has forced Joey to move into his grandparents’ home.  To make matters worse, Jenessa’s cancer has reappeared.  In this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Ty and the gang will fix the home and reunite this family, so they can fight against Jenessa’s cancer together.

While Ty and the designers, local builder Legend Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Byers family will go on vacation to Disney Vacation Club in Hilton Head, NC.

This season every episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is going green by incorporating eco-friendly, low-energy and recyclable resources in the builds. For the Byers family, the home will have new bathrooms made from 90% recycled material. These well built cast-iron-with-enamel lavatories are not only eco-friendly, but they also withstand staining, scratching and chipping, and provide exceptional durability.

The design team for this episode will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen.  Extreme Makeover Home Edition airs on Sunday, October 7 from 8:00PM to 9:00PM ET on the ABC Television Network.

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8 Responses to “The Byers Family On Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

  1. Mike C Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    This pathetic sob show continues its march toward a saccharine overdose.
    All the familiies or half-families are interchangeable. Grateful smiles behind dreaded diseases and new homes!!Yuck!
    This ranks with Dog Bounty Hunter and Kid Nation as pure junk but this sorry mess yanks at heartstrings while the carpenters pound our brains and the walls!
    A disgusting display of human emotions emoting as entertainment!!! Non-Realty calling!!!

  2. Susan Davis Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    I watch almost every episode. I would like to see more of the houses that are built and less of the hugging and crying!

  3. Donna Ivy Says:
    October 8th, 2007 at 10:27 am

    St. Jude Hospital has a program where people can donate soda can pull tabs for patients to receive free or reduced chemo therapy. Are Boey’s treatments through St. Jude and does she have need of the soda can pull tabs? We’ve saved them for such a need as Boey’s. Please advise us on this issue. Thank you! Please let Boey know others are praying with her. Sincerely, Donna Ivy

  4. Rick Says:
    October 8th, 2007 at 11:59 am

    As some people look down on this show I think it is important to remember the message of a show like this. This show is about giving to others less fortunate and helping them out. With all the problems in the world and shows about violence and sex predetors it is refreshing to watch a show do something good. I am sure all the tugging on the heart strings is about making good TV, but the whole point is doing something good for someone else. I personally think Sears, ABC and all the contractors are great for giving their time and efforts to the cause!

  5. Ernest Tucker Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I think your show is wonderful you are doing a great job for thoes who need help the smiles on the faces you help are woprth more than the house cost. Jennessa really grabed my heart to see someone with cance who wants to help others was great. Tell Jennessa that their is a new fruit called mangosteen that helps people with cancer it coatains the xantones that slow cancer cells growth and also stops their growth The Juice is called Xango. check it out no harm to anyone and it has no side effects.Several people I know have gone in remmision and have no signs of cancer anymore-check on it-. Keep up the great work ty
    your crew is doing a great job my paryers are with you.

  6. Christina Says:
    October 14th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    To Donna Ivy: Boey’s treatments at at Dorhnbecker Childrens Hospital in Portland, OR. The pop tab idea is a good one though.

  7. Anonymous Says:
    October 18th, 2007 at 11:03 am

    I think that this show is remarkable. It shows how big some peoples’ hearts can be and how much they’ll actually do to make someone else’s life better. There is nothing that is yuck or pathetic about these peoples’ lives and how much ABC does to help them.

  8. Madison K Says:
    October 28th, 2007 at 3:48 am

    Dear Joey,

    after what ik heard what you were doing i am going to ask my school to donate pull tabs and toys and anything good to the st.Judes hospital. I dont know what it feels like to have cancer but if a 7 year old girl has cancer one and battled through it and has itt again joey stay strong you have a family that has tried so hard to care for u dont loose faith my grandma had bladder cancer 2 times in a row and the 3rd time she has been so strong and i told her about you and me and her and everybody who knows about u is praying u and when people care enough to pray foru u know that ur the luckiest gril in the world. its alright to be a fraid but look at the stones in your backyard lauhter family joy are all the things that are woth loving for so stick in thier and if u do that you will be ready for anything that happens.

    Love your biggest fan,
    madison k

    P.S i am so inspired by u im writing a report about you of who i think is the most giving
    and i thing you have givin so much even if you need giving to im a fan and so r many people California is routing for
    Y……….O………..U….! ! !


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