AN EXTREME ACT OF KINDNESS IS DELIVERED TO THE DOORSTEP OF EIGHT CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS WITHIN 16 DAYS OF EACH OTHER, ON THE SEASON FINALE OF “EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION,” MAY 23 ON ABC
Local Community of Livermore, California, Lends Their Unflagging Support, and
Ty and the Designers Put on a Show to Help Raise Money for the Family
“Cadigan-Scott Family” – When Diane and Mark Cadigan passed away within 16 days of each other, the couple left behind eight children, ages 12 to 23, to make their own way in the world. To help ease some of this Livermore, California family’s grief and relieve the stress of living in a deteriorating house, the design team will rip up and tear down practically everything to make way for a beautiful, dramatically different house, courtesy of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” on the season finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
In June 2003 Diane died as a result of heart problems. Mark died 16 days later of a heart attack. Their eight kids were left to grieve a double, unbelievable loss. The two oldest siblings moved back home and took legal guardianship of their brothers and sisters, which enabled the family to stay together. Otherwise the kids would have ended up in foster care.
To assist the Cadigan-Scott family in this new phase of their lives, community support was marshaled from local police officers, firefighters, teachers, church members, business owners and others who wanted to help the kids fix up their run-down, 1400-square-foot house. But money was scarce. During the week that the home was being made over by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Ty Pennington performed a free one-man concert where he played and sang guitar. The other design team members and production crew also got up on stage to join in the fun. The community came out in force for the show and raised thousands of dollars that are being used to help the family in a variety of ways.
One of the design team’s priorities was to give the family more space -- since the kids all share a single bathroom. They also hope to create a bigger kitchen and a place where they can all be together, since there’s no family room. In a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take four months, the designers, contractors and 100-plus workers and volunteers totally transformed the Cadigan-Scott house in just seven days -- where every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping, was made over.
Meanwhile, the family – Jennifer, 23, Janice, 21, Daniel, 20, Kelly, 20, Rachel, 18, Jackie, 16, Dolly, 14 and twelve-year-old Teresa spent a week at Disney World. On the day of the “reveal,” over 3000 people lined the streets to cheer on the Cadigan-Scotts.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Preston Sharp. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. The series is executive produced by Tom Forman and Craig Armstrong. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.