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Pa. 'Makeover' episode to air Jan. 18

December 30, 2008

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- The episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" filmed in Quincy Township last November has been scheduled to air Jan. 18, according to www.drbextreme.com.

The Emmy-award winning show airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC.

Matthew and Blasia Drumm and their three sons spent a week at Walt Disney World while the design team and Dan Ryan Builders descended on their Loop Road property. Volunteers demolished the Drumm home and built a new, 2,500-square-foot house in its place.

The Drumms work with special needs children and young adults through the Pen Mar Challenger Little League team. The Drumms' youngest sons, Donnie and Nathan, are autistic.

Thousands of cheering supporters pushed against metal fences to welcome the Drumms home Nov. 14. Ben Drumm picked up "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team leader Ty Pennington in his excitement as the house was revealed to the family for the first time.

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The late Brenda Stottlemyer nominated the family for the show's sixth season, which focuses on "Heroes" as its theme. The Cascade woman's family called the new house "Brenda's monument."

The production company sent Challenger team members to Florida to surprise the Drumms during filming.

On Tuesday, Dan Ryan Builders sent the scores of project volunteers a holiday e-mail thanking them for their efforts and confirming the show's premiere date.

"Thanks to your generosity and support, the Drumm family has a safe and comfortable place to come home to for the holidays. In less than 106 hours, together we gave the Drumms the gift of a lifetime," stated the e-mail from the home-building company.

-- Jennifer Fitch

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