June 21, 2010

'Extreme Makeover' to Help Family With 6 Kids With DS

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," announced this past week that the Lutz family would be the next family to receive a home makeover by the show. The episode will air later this season.

An article on MLB.com reported the following:

Grace and John Lutz were unable to have children of their own and adopted 18 children, including seven with Down Syndrome. After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and came home to take care of six Down siblings, who range in age from 20 to 25 years. Kathleen Lutz then had an unexpected grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother, John Jr., then sacrificed his career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his siblings.

Their crumbling 40-year-old home is in need of repairs, however, with unsafe wiring, water leaks and wood rot. While the program renovates their home, they will enjoy a vacation in the Hamptons.

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