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Carr family's story prompts thousands to join in welcome home

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MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - The Carr family has touched the hearts of East Texans. Their story has brought together thousands who have worked day and night on the Extreme Makeover site to make the impossible happen.

Thursday, the community looked on as the Carr family saw their new home for the very first time.

It started as a passion for Mike and Katrina Carr, but it has grow into a family that inspires everyone they meet.

"My wife and I always knew we were going to be involved with special needs kids and possibly adopt," said Mike Carr.

"We love the kids and they bless us in ways that I can't really express," said Katrina Carr. "It's a gift, and to actually be able to raise four of these little people and to be chosen to be their mother, it's an honor."

Mom and dad to four, they began adopting from Kazakhstan in 2002. They brought Nicolas and Haydn home first. A few years later it was Ryanne and lastly, Rina.

"It's been an incredible journey," said Mike Carr. "Every child we've brought home is definitely so unique."

They are an extraordinary family that is loaded with medical problems. Mike has had diabetes, thyroid cancer, as well as kidney and pancreas transplants. The oldest son, Nicolas, was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder affecting his behavior and ability to concentrate. Despite this, Nicolas serves as the family's protector.

"He wants to make sure everybody is taken care of in our house," said Katrina Carr.

Then there are Ryanne and Rina. Both girls were born with amniotic band syndrome. Rina lost one leg. Ryanne lost two legs and arm, but lets nothing slow her down.

"I like to swim, I like to bike, I like to climb trees," she said.

And, she loves to run.

"I can beat my momma too and I can beat Mimmi," she laughed.

While Haydn does not face physical challenges, she has learned to put others before herself. When asked what she wants in the new house, her answer was for her parents.

"I hope they give them a nice soft bed cause they have a hard one," said Hayden.

Dedicated to their children, Mike and Katrina are in need of financial help. They never imagined Extreme Makeover and community support would be the answer to their prayers.

"We thank each of you for everything you're doing for my family," said Katrina Carr. "We love you, every one of you."

They are a family willing to sacrifice everything for those they love.

The Carrs are not planning on adopting in the near future, but with a new 4800 square foot house, Katrina says there is always room for one more if that is what she feels in her heart.

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