As I’m sure you remember, on Sunday the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surprised the Lutz family at Yankee Stadium.
This morning Bernie Williams, David Cone and approximately 50 Yankees front office employees visited the site of the new Lutz family home in Setauket, Long Island. The former Yankees will help with the build.
From a press release…
The Lutzes are another representation of the kind of family “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” aims to help by building a new home in just seven days. Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome. After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six Down siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option.
It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure, and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team.
Bottom line is, right now their family home is falling apart, and so they’re getting a new place to live. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full episode of the show, but I’ve seen a little bit of it and it’s hard not to feel great for the families that are selected. Once again, good job by the Yankees to get involved in something like this.
No word on when the episode will air, but the theme will be “New York! New York!” and it will apparently include some Broadway-style singing and dancing.