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Extreme Makeover Home Edition

For 199 episodes, Ty Pennington and his design team have led a television phenomenon that has helped deserving families in all 50 states. This Friday, January 13, at 8/7c, the 200th episode and series finale of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs on ABC.  To all who have ever cried or laughed watching an episode of this series over the last nine years, I hope you will set aside the two hours to watch what I believe is the most impressive feat of non-fiction television in a long while.  From my experience, no factual television series has attempted to accomplish so much, by so many, for such a good cause, in one single episode. 

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Rib Hillis, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Bell Family

This week, we're in Tucson, Arizona, building a home for the Bell family - Mike and Kathy with their two girls, Lizzie and Alicia.

Seven weeks after Lizzie was born, the doctors diagnosed her with Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA). DBA is a rare blood condition, present at birth, which is characterized by a failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Less than 700 kids in the world are stricken with this disease and Lizzie is one of them. The only thing that has kept Lizzie alive for the past 14 years of her life are ... read more

Rib Hillis, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Ruiz Family

This week we're in El Paso Texas to help out the Ruiz family Maria, Jesus, Elizabeth, and Jesus (Junior). Twelve years ago, Maria and her family stopped construction on their home and turned their efforts toward assembling a small army to feed poor families in El Paso, TX and across the border in Juarez, Mexico. Everyday, Maria and her husband Jesus bring food, clothing, and supplies to thousands completely free of charge. Maria and Jesus both work multiple jobs to support their family and the foundation. Maria was even recently recognized as one of the "Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008" for her selfless work.
 
In 1996, when Maria began her charitable foundation, construction on the Ruiz home was ... read more

Rib Hillis, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Girard Family

What is the definition of a hero?  

Webster's Dictionary defines a hero as someone "distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength."  Well, by that definition you will all agree that Marc Girard is a hero.  And it is because of his heroism and his families tragic lose that we are here in Voluntown , CT this week giving back to a deserving family, The Girard Family.  

Tom and Carol Girard were the proud parents of four ... read more

Rib Hillis, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Frisch Family

This week on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sundays at 8 pm/ET), we're helping out the Frisch family of Toledo, Ohio.

Aaron, the father, he is a hero. He is an absolute hero. He's a firefighter, so he saves people every day, and he saved his partner during riots that happened here in Toledo a few years back. Beyond that, Aaron and his wife, Jackie, were on a mission in Haiti and decided to adopt five kids ... read more

Rib Hillis, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Kings

We're here this week helping the King family in Charlotte, North Carolina, the King family is an incredible family, who run a daycare out of their home, going above and beyond the call of duty for their community all while trying to live, grow and thrive in their little home/business.

Alisha with her husband Curtis, along with their sons Justin and Kirkland and daughter Laila, provide a gift to single parents in their community by providing ... read more

The Marrero Family

A city full of hope but struggling with drugs and crime, Camden, New Jersey, is where the Marrero family lives. Victor Marrero, a disabled father with a bad heart condition, and his five boys were featured on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. They are a hardworking, loving family whose only hope for survival is each other. They have three beds, rats, holes and barely any electricity or heat. When the electricity doesn't work, they do their homework by candlelight. The oldest boy, Billy Jo, is the only one in his whole family who has graduated from high school — not an easy task for a boy who had to go to school watching his back for gunfire and gangbangers, then take a bus out of town for his job at a fast-food restaurant where he was guaranteed a free meal before he got home after 10 pm to do his homework and start the routine all over again.This week I was in charge of two of the boys' rooms. They are both into sports, and one is very much into electronics, so this room will be ... read more

Harmony hottie Eric Martsolf has...

Harmony hottie Eric Martsolf has taken a week off work at Passions to help wife Lisa with their newborn twin sons. For a first look at Eric and Lisa's babies, click here!

During Eric's break, the NBC sudser temporarily recast his front-burner character, Ethan Winthrop. Look for Port Charles grad Rib Hillis — he played Dr. Jake Marshak — to step in as Ethan for four episodes starting on May 25.

"I love coming back to daytime TV," Hillis tells TVGuide.com. "There's nothing like it. Ethan is an interesting guy to play. But I didn't kiss anyone or take off my shirt once!"

Bummer. FYI: Those who wanna see more of Rib should pick up the May issue of Out magazine. The 35-year-old male read more

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