My love of this show is no secret…..It’s wonderful to see deserving people get a hand up and to have an hour of positivity on television but most of all it’s wonderful to have a reality show that reminds of the best in each of us and the many blessings we each have.
The Sharrock family of Rossville, GA, a small town on the border of Tennessee, were in for the surprise of a lifetime. They were slated for an Extreme Makeover! This week the show took on a wonderful super hero comic book theme based on the love the family had for them. The Sharrock’s son, Patrick, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and their 50-year-old crumbling house had become a major landmine for him. A severely sloping floor was just one of the many challenges the home presented that made it unsafe for Patrick. Of course that’s where Ty Pennington and designers Ed Sanders, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Eduardo Xol and Xzibit stepped in with a huge assist from local builder Vision Homes and countless volunteers to build the family a new home.
This kid Patrick is a CHARACTER!! Completely engaging! You can’t help but adore him immediately! During his stay at Walt Disney World, Patrick shot a PSA (Public Service Announcement) on kids with disabilities pointing out what we already know – they’re just kids!! Awesome and INSPIRING! He and his parents, Mike and Cindy were also taken by Leigh Anne Tuohy to meet Atticus Shaffer an actor (who happens to also have Ostaogenesis Imperfecta) and the rest of the cast of the ABC show – The Middle. He was thrilled and even tho I don’t watch the show so was I! Another kid getting to live his dream and it’s not featured on the show, and ABC comedy – he’s just a talented kid….he’s not being cast because he is “disabled”…..FANTASTIC!
When the house was finished you couldn’t help but be completely overwhelmed with what they had accomplished for Patrick and his family! Amazingly they placed a therapy pool in the home, an amazing piece of the kitchen that was done at a height which would maximize Patrick’s ability to function independently! Xzibit then came in with a pimped out ride – Patrick’s new wheelchair – incredible! The bathroom was INSANE!! Completely ADA compliant, the bathroom was designed so that it was as safe as it could possibly be and maximized for Patrick’s independence! Patrick’s classroom was done in a incredible comic book themed extravaganza complete with a secret passage way between it and Patrick’s room.
Not to be outdone, Leigh Anne’s beautiful tribute master bedroom for the parents was as beautiful as Patrick’s area was functional. She completed the suite with an iPad programmed to give them the ability to watch over Patrick with video cameras that had been installed in locations throughout the house. This will give Mike and Cindy the ability to allow Patrick some autonomy while being able to make sure his safety is maintained. What a gift for any parent! Ok, now I need a new box of tissues…If you missed it I strongly recommend you check it out at ABC.com