Tracy Hutson

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Tracy Hutson on the Gaston Family

We are here this week in Florida for an extremely wonderful family, the Gastons. Finis, the oldest member of the family, has really drawn our attention. He was away at college when his mother suddenly passed away. Instead of letting his nieces and nephews go into the foster care system he came back to be the man of the household. He did what was right in his heart.  It has not been easy for Finis, but he is a happy, grateful, wonderful person who just has this inner peace about him. This family is so incredibly deserving of a home that suits their needs, and we are here this week to give them just that!

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May 6, 2007: The Kilgallon Family

This week the team rolls into Levittown, Penn. I loved it there. Everyone was very proud of their homes and communities in Pennsylvania, and after spending some time there, it's obvious why. I could see why this family wanted to stay in that beautiful area.This week was about a single mom, Marynoel, trying to make it while raising her four boys. Marynoel took her boys from a bad situation with their father and tried to start a new life. She was able to scrape together enough to purchase what she thought was a safe home in a beautiful neighborhood filled with other families and children. Unfortunately, harsh reality set in the moment they arrived. The home was infested with termites and would cost literally tens of thousands of dollars to repair and make livable. Marynoel has a wonderful spirit but she had been knocked down so many times she was starting to give up. It broke my heart to hear her stories of how she would hide in the car and cry so that the boys couldn't see. It was a ... read more

April 22, 2007: The Westbrook Family

Go, army! This week we invaded Lawton, Oklahoma. I didn't know what to think of Lawton, but after spending a wonderful week here with the community and our troops from nearby Fort Sill, it's a place I won't soon forget. There's something very sweet about small towns, and the support we received was huge! Overwhelming even. I met so many wonderful people this week, including the members of an organization called Adopt-a-Soldier, which was started to send letters and care packages to deployed soldiers to let them know that we care. We were able to get 7,000 letters sent to soldiers deployed around the world. Our goal this week was to get the Westbrooks into a house that would work for them. James, the son, and Gene, the dad, are both in wheelchairs. Dad suffered his injury while training troops in Iraq and returned from the field a paraplegic. One day a few months ago, on the way to a church picnic, the Westbrooks were in a terrible car accident that left young James paralyzed as wel... read more

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