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Extreme Makeover Home Edition Sneak Peek: Rucker Family and Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard

October 09, 2011 10:13 AM by Candace Young

Tonight on Extreme Makeover Home Edition,  the design team and Ty Pennington will visit Madison, Georgia and surprise the Rucker family with the news that they will get a new home in seven days. Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard will also appear on the episode. Keep reading for details about the family and build…

Anaiah Rucker is a 9 year-old fifth grader who dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a doctor or lawyer one day.  Back in February, the straight-A student’s dream was threatened after she pushed her 5 year-old sister, Camry, out of the path of an oncoming truck and was hit herself. Anaiah saved Camry’s life, but was left with massive life-threatening injuries. Her left leg was amputated, and Anaiah battled back through tough rehabilitation sessions to get to the point where she could once again play sports, sing, and study.

Currently in a wheelchair, Anaiah has maintained a positive attitude as her community, and numerous celebrities such as Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, and Dwight Howard, have rallied around the Rucker family. Mom, Andrea, loves her two daughters, and also donates her time to the local Boys & Girls Club.

The Extreme Makeover Home Edition team will build the deserving Rucker family a new ADA-accessible home, free of obstacles, over seven days.  Andrea, Anaiah, and Camry will enjoy a vacation to Walt Disney World while the build takes place, and will be surprised by Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard while on their trip. They will also meet Katie Holloway, an amputee who played college basketball and was on the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team.

Paige Hemmis, Xzibit, Michael Moloney and Pilot Homes and Smart Properties, along with lots of volunteers, will join Ty on the build.

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