February 16, 2011 10:00 AM by Candace Young
On February 13, Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover Home Edition team arrived in Rossville, Georgia to let the deserving Sharrock family know that they will receive a home makeover courtesy of ABC. Keep reading to learn more about the family and the build…
Patrick Sharrock of Rossville, Georgia is only nine years old, but has already suffered 59 broken bones in his life. Patrick has a rare genetic disorder known as brittle bone disease, and even the slightest of bumps can cause a broken bone. Living in a 50 year-old home with sloping floors had proven to be a challenge for Patrick and his family as they tried to cope with his condition. Extreme Makeover Home Edition was pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for a safe home for Patrick to grow up in.
Despite his own challenges, Patrick inspires and uplifts those around him with his positive attitude and humor. A joke teller, Patrick also has another favorite past time, which is somewhat unexpected for a person with brittle bone disease – he loves to break dance! His parents, Cindy and Michael, have a similar attitude to their son, and do all they can to support and protect him – this includes home schooling to prevent him from sustaining playground injuries. Adding to the challenge is the fact that Cindy is partially deaf, and there is a danger of her not being able to hear Patrick if she is alone in the house with him and he falls.
The Sharrocks have become an inspiration to families dealing with similar issues, and Patrick has even become a poster child for the local Shriner’s Hospital for Children. He gives speeches and visits other ailing children hoping to cheer them up.
The family vacationed at Walt Disney World while Ty, Ed Sanders, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Eduardo Xol, Xzibit, and builders Vision Homes, along with the help of community volunteers, built them a new, safe home.
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