I don't usually post on Sunday, but like I said I was only going to write when I thought it it was important. Well, it is.. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition does it again with one of the most touching episodes I have seen to date. This show featured the Creasey family. This family of five consists of Tricia and William along with their three children, Brittany, McKenzie and Michaela;This courageous is facing , the biggest challenge of their lives- with their mother facing stage IV colon cancer. Despite this devastating diagnosis and countless chemotherapy treatments, the mother (Tricia) still manages to maintain her job as a teacher at a local high school.
"It's very hard to think of what may happen, but you find that strength from somewhere to keep on going," Tricia says.
In her spare time, Tricia uses her story in an effort to create awareness about colon cancer. She currently serves as survivor chair in Relay For Life, a foundation focusing on early diagnosis and prevention of the disease. In the midst of the chaos, home improvements are the least of their worries.
"Right now, we're spending close to $1, 400 a month just on chemo treatments whether we pay a medical bill or replace a window, there's no second thought. Tricia has to have this chemotherapy to stay alive," says her husband, William.
With the help of country singer Jewel, the team builds a log cabin with a contemporary family feel while the family is away enjoying a fun filled vacation at Disney World. Their primary goal was to create a medically safe environment for her, while creating a family centered atmosphere to make memories that would last a lifetime. Head designer Ty Pennington focuses on Tracy, hoping to give her her own personal space to recharge.
"When you go inside, the [old house] looks fine. But there's no way she can get any rest and relaxation in her own home.. She can't even go to the bathroom and have privacy and for someone going through chemo, they need a place to recharge. This week, we're going to give her that." he says.
The focus for the girl's rooms? For eldest daughter, Brittany, a visit to Paris would become the theme. On the other hand, a world full of games would be ahead for the youngest twins, McKenzie and Michaela.
Citation for TV Program: "The Creasey Family" Extreme Makeover: Home Edition , ABC channel 7 WJLA. January 31 at 8 PM