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3/25/07-Berryville

East Texas Family Nominated For Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

A local family has been nominated for the hit ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, because the house they live in now is not wheelchair accessible. It's a big problem for the 11- year old son who suffers from a very rare blood disorder.

KLTV 7's Lindsay Wilcox spoke with his single mom about how a new home would improve the little boy's quality of life.

At first glance, Taylor Kirkpatrick looks like a typical boy, but riding his four-wheeler around his family property is one of the last physical activities Taylor can manage.

When he was just 13 months old, he was diagnosed with a very rare, cancer-like blood disorder known as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. The doctors didn't expect Taylor to see his second birthday.

His mother, Mindy, says, "It was devastating. My mother and I spent that night together in the hospital, and we just did a lot of praying; a lot of searching."

For two and a half years, Taylor went through round after round of chemotherapy.  For a while, he was in remission, but at age eight the disease came back.

"We started noticing some decline in his school work and him having some learning disabilities and a little bit of motor skill problems. That's when we noticed that it had come back in his brain," said Mindy.

It attacks Taylor's central nervous system leaving him in a wheelchair most of the time. A family friend built a ramp to help Taylor get in and out of the house, but getting around inside is much more challenging. He can barely navigate the hallway, and getting into the bathroom is out of the question.

"I feel like I'm just not doing the best that I can for him. I know in my heart that I am. I work hard, and I try to give him everything, but it's hard to watch him struggle," said Mindy.

Mindy and her son were nominated for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and they are hoping for a miracle out of it. She says a new home would make life so much easier for this little boy who's faced an uphill battle most of his life.

If you would like to write a letter of support on Taylor's behalf, you may do so at the following address:

The City of Berryville
P.O. Box 908
Frankston, Texas 75763

Please include your name, address and a phone number so the letters can be checked for authenticity.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.  lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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