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Extreme Makeover madness

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (KLTV) - With crews of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on their way to East Texas, we look to our sister station in Louisville, Kentucky to get a preview of what we can expect.

"Move that bus, move that bus!" cheered a crowd.

In Louisville, thousands of volunteers stepped up.

"We got 600 feet of footing to pour in one hour," said a volunteer.

It was all to build the Hughes family their dream home.

"We got a bunch of good men here and they're ready to dig in there and get 'er done," said a volunteer. 

The Hughes' son Patrick was born blind and cannot straighten his arms or legs. But he is a talented musician. Over 100 people gathered to watch the demolition of their old home. In just four and a half days, volunteers built a beautiful 3,300 square foot home, allowing Patrick to have some independence.

"Patrick will be able to open doors with his voice and you can make the TV come out of the ceiling with his voice," said a volunteer. 

"We feel like we are touched by thousands of angels," said Patrick's father. 

The Mayor even presented Patrick with his own street.

"Thank you for all that you have done to put us on the map."

WAVE reporter Liz Donatelli said she will never forget covering such a groundbreaking event.

"Perhaps the best part of all this isn't just what the house turned out to be, it was the people that came out there to experience this," said Donatelli. "People camping out, holding up signs, and people also donating dozens of hours volunteering."

"It's a lot of community...a lot of people helping other people," said one Louisville resident. 

And, if we know east Texas, it will be an even bigger outpouring of support from the community when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition starts filming right here.

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