Moorhead family chosen for 'Extreme Makeover' home rebuildingA Moorhead family with two children facing health challenges has been chosen by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to have their home rebuilt and made handicap accessible.
By: Helmut Schmidt, The Forum
FARGO - A Moorhead family with two children facing health challenges has been chosen by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to have their home rebuilt and made handicap accessible.
Bill and Adair Grommesh and their children Garrett and Peighton were told this morning that they would receive the home makeover in a surprise sprung after a sled hockey scrimmage with youngsters from HOPE Inc.
Ty Pennington and the rest of the “Extreme Makeover” team skated onto the ice during a post-game photo session to make the announcement.
Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit that makes sports and other activities accessible for disabled children and young adults.
Nine-year-old Garrett Grommesh was born with spina bifida. He has spoken at fundraisers, raised money for charities, and helped dedicate a handicap-accessible playground.
His sister, Peighton, 11, has a pancreatic enzyme deficiency known as Axenfeld-Reiger’s syndrome.
Bill and Adair Grommesh manage HOPE Inc., and have transformed the Moorhead-based non-profit into a year-round program to promote independence for children and young adults with disabilities.
Among the arts activities supported by Hope, Inc. was the play “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” presented in January.
Hope’s handicap-accessible sports include baseball on the Miracle Field in south Moorhead, hockey, soccer, volleyball, skiing and ice-skating.
The Grommesh family will vacation in the Bahamas while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis and Eduardo Xol, community volunteers and Fargo’s Heritage Homes rebuilds their home.
The current Grommesh house at 803 22nd Ave. S. will be rebuilt on site this week by 4,000 skilled tradespeople and unskilled volunteers in 106 hours, according to the show’s format.
That blitz of work will be followed by a “reveal” in which the family is introduced to their new home.
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