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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in El Segundo

This story begins with our Mosaic small group -- the one that Dwayne co-leads with a woman named Tamiko. The story takes off with Tamiko. About four months ago Tamiko submitted her brother's family for Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

The short version of the Lewis family story goes like this: They were renovating their home, when the contractor skipped town with their money. During this time Paulita, Bruce's wife, developed a rare form of cancer. Homeless, with two children, and a seriously sick wife, Bruce moved his family into his mother's two bedroom apartment. The whole family, including the cat, stayed in a room that was 10 feet by 10 feet, while the community of El Segundo began to try to renovate Bruce and Paulita's home.

Our small group kept tabs on the development of Tamiko's application to Extreme Makeover, and so we were all very excited when the Tuesday after Labor Day Extreme Makeover arrived in El Segundo to announce to the Lewis family that they had been chosen! Tamiko dropped everything, of course, and worked everyday to help the Extreme Makeover crew with her brother's house. There were very special things that were done for the Lewis family, but you'll have to tune in to see them for yourself.

From behind the scenes, I can tell you two things 1) Tamiko was never interviewed or included in the episode. While she graciously stepped out of the lime light, I want to take a moment to acknowledge on this humble blog, the role Tamiko played in this most amazing gift Bruce and his family recieved. 2) While Dwayne and I had very little to do with the whole process we were both very excited to be able to attend the comedy benefit Extreme Makeover held at a local park to support the American Cancer Society. Really our overall involvment was very low, aside from wondering by the house in its various stages of construction. So this story is told through Tamiko's pictures below.

No one knows the exact date the Lewis Family show will air, but I've heard that it will be the 8th episode/toward the end of November.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story really touched me. I was wondering how Paulita is doing today. I pray she is well.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update o Paulita? 12/28/05

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paulita died in January 2008

7:48 AM  
Blogger Robert M said...

They never said anything about the original contractor (if he had ever been found or charged with any crimes). Has anyone ever heard?

9:20 AM  

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