Update: Extreme support for much needed makeover
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:25:44 GMT —
Update: March 30 at 11:05 a.m.:
Thursday is the last day to sign the petition for the Kottwitz Family to get a shot to appear in the ABC show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition". The petition has more than 25,000 signatures.
Click here to sign the petition.
Update: March 27 at 12:45 p.m.: The petition for the Kottwitz Family has more than 17,000 signatures. There are four days left to sign the petition.Click here to sign the petition.Original Story:Each week, more than 24 million people watch Ty Pennington and his team rebuild the lives of struggling families, one brick at a time on "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." Lyndsey Williams is among the show TMs most avid fans.
A hostess at Jolly Roger's Grub and Grog, Williams has made it her mission to ease the stress of two special coworkers.
I was watching her struggle the other day getting the wheelchair in the van, Williams said discussing her friends Sarah and Tom Kottwitz. That TMs what made me want to do this."
With three children facing the challenges of cerebral palsy, life in the Kottwitz home is a 24/7 cycle of round the clock care.
Imagine waking up in the morning as a parent and know that you have a child in the next room that can TMt get out of bed, Jolly Rogers co-owner, Tom Haley said. They can't tell the children to take a bath, they can't tell the children 'let's eat dinner,' all those everyday needs are done by the parents.
Even with the rigors of caring for three disabled children, both parents still pull their weight on the work front. Their dedicated work ethic has earned the respect of their coworkers and employers.
Neither one of them in four and a half years has ever called in sick one day, Haley said. Even in the off-season, they don TMt file for unemployment benefits. They go out and find other jobs.
Through it all, John and Sarah have done their best to make their tiny, two bedroom house, a loving home. Renovations to the interior have created a small bit of extra space and a wheelchair ramp built by John eases the path to outdoor adventure.
Still, the demands of raising wheel chair bound children in a 900 square-foot home with narrow hallways, grows ever more pressing with each new birthday.
They are very shy about asking for help, Haley said. This isn TMt a case of asking for a hand-out. It TMs just too much for them to handle on their own.
Hoping to garner extreme support, Williams has spear-headed a petition drive to show "Makeover" producers that the local community stands behind this inspiring family.
I figured the petition would help 'Extreme Makeover' see how many people support the Kottwitz family," Williams said. Hopefully, it will help them get their house sooner.
If we get the community behind us we can make this happen, Haley added. If people watching this segment will take a few minutes of their time to walk over to their computer and connect to the Kottwitz family, it TMs going to change the lives of these people.
Six year-old Kylie Kottwitz underwent surgery last week and is now back home with brothers, Tristan, seven years and four year-old Ethan. All three children have leg braces but Tristan is the only one who can walk. Kylie and Ethan are confined to a wheelchair and will need many more surgeries in the years to come.
More than 9,000 people have signed the petition to help the Kottwitz family. The deadline for signatures is March 31st. The full story and petition can be found online at www.petitionspot.com/petitions/kottwitz.
To nominate the family directly through Extreme Makeover, send an email to EMHEcastingdept@gmail.com and put The Kottwitz Family as the subject. Help this deserving family get the help they need.