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Extreme Makeover’ to build home in Ottawa

July 31, 2011


ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has chosen an Ottawa family to appear on its show.

The show features a team of designers, contractors and volunteers who race to do months worth of renovations in only a week.

The show picked the family of Staff Sgt. Allen Hill, who nearly died when a roadside bomb exploded near him while he was serving in Iraq. Hill has recovered from the injuries but still deals with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Loud noises are very unpleasant for Hill, which is especially problematic: His home is near a quarry and railroad tracks, and the sounds of dynamite blasts and loud train engines routinely fill the air.

The “Extreme Makeover” team wants to fix this by building the family a new home on different property. Hill, along with his wife and two sons, will be sent on a weeklong vacation to Yosemite National Park while crews build the new house.

A fundraising barbecue for the Family Build Fund will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Forest Park, 600 N. Locust St. in Ottawa. The Kansas City Barbeque Society is bringing in eight of the country’s top 10 pitmasters and their pit crews for the Extreme Makeover BBQ Throwdown, which will be judged by the cast of the show.

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