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Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Marshall Family and Patrick Dempsey!

November 29, 2009 06:57 PM by Candace Young


On ABC tonight, Ty Pennington and his design team travel to Lyme, New Hampshire to build a new Extreme Makeover Home Edition home for the Marshall Family. After moving into their home six years ago, Jay and Elena Marshall discovered carbon monoxide leaks and rotting wood. About the same time, their six year-old son, Cameron, was diagnosed with leukemia. The Marshalls established the B+ (Be Positive) Campaign to raise money and help other families handle the emotional and financial challenges created by long-term hospitalization and chronic illness. As Jay and Elena and their eight children head to Walt Disney World, Ty and the team are joined by celebrity guest Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) for the week…

Ty, Michael, Eduardo, Paige and the Vitales family, who had their home made over two years ago, head toward the Marshall home in Lyme. They watch video of the Marshall kids explaining how they feel about their brother Cameron having leukemia. Ty describes how the family has organized fundraising activities to give back. Ty says Cameron’s cancer is currently in remission, but the house is not safe for him to recover in due to the mold.

Door Knock Day

“Good morning Marshall family,” bellows Ty through the megaphone, and the big, excited family rush out to greet the bus! Ty tells them that they will spend the week in Walt Disney World while their new home is built.

Ty visits Cameron’s room with him, and discovers that he’s into sports. In the girls’ room, Paige and Eduardo spot a penchant for tie-dye, and Little House on the Prairie. The eldest daughter’s room is in a closet – she is a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy.

As Ty speaks to Jay and Elena about a day in the hospital when they thought they had lost Cameron (his medication had made him catatonic), I am brought to tears, as is Ty Pennington. They explain how this experience led them to give back.

The family witnesses the sea of volunteers, meet the builders from Trumbull-Nelson Construction, and receive a mystery gift from Ty before heading out in the limo for their trip.

In honor of the Marshall family’s love of extreme sports an extreme demolition of their home is held!

Ty and Paige visit the children at Dartmouth Children’s Hospital (CHAD) where Cameron spent time, and they contact the Marshalls from there. The family learns that Hallmark has donated $50,000 to his B+ Campaign!

Ty receives some ‘sick’ items for his secret room from a mystery person named Adam. The ceilings in the house reach a new height – thirty feet – and Michael heads home with the Vitales who have something they would like to contribute to the Marshalls house – some of their Angel Boy paintings. As it turns out, the Marshalls were volunteers when the Vitales home was built two years ago – so cool!

It’s time for the Marshall’s to open their mystery gift in Walt Disney World – it’s a B+ t-shirt – and all the volunteers, as well as people at Walt Disney World are wearing them too! Two simultaneous walks are held on the spot, and Ty announces over $25,000 raised!

As a surprise for the family, they are taken to meet Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy! The oldest daughter screams intensely! Cameron eats clam chowder with Patrick.


Before long, the house is completed and the furniture is on its way inside, however, not all the tiling is done, so Michael is charged with meeting the family and taking them to Sears to buy new clothes to buy time!

When the Marshalls finally pull up beside the bus, the crowd goes wild. “Move that bus,” is chanted loudly. The family is completely overwhelmed by the sight of their new home.


The Vitales come forward to meet the Marshalls, and Ty says Walt Disney World has offered them a vacation as they didn’t get one when their house was built! Ty then tells the Marshalls to check out the house!

Elena feels the new house is like a dream – tons of screaming ensues as Ty comes in and asks what they think of their new home. He points out the Angel Boy paintings, and makes note of the air cleaning system they installed.

The youngest girls have prairie wagon beds in their room, the next two girls have a colorful room filled with butterflies and tie-dye, the eldest daughter has her own proper room (not a closet) and she and Ty scream into each other’s faces when he comes in. The boys love their sports themed room – especially the B+ walls and the skateboards all over the place.

In the restful, exquisite master bedroom, Jay and Elena embrace. Ty then gathers the family and says he got in touch with a fellow New Hampshirite – Adam Sandler! He tells them to go check out his new closet – it’s full of signed hockey sticks! Adam jokes about how he presumed they would like his autograph on everything! He compliments Cameron for being brave and changing a tragic situation into a postive.

Ty herds everyone outside to play a game of hockey in the over-sized driveway. He ends with, “Welcome home, Marshall family, welcome home!”

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