Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
It all began with a television producer’s phone call asking KraftMaid to help a deserving family in need of a fresh start. Seasons later, we are proud to remain the exclusive cabinetry provider of ABC’s award-winning program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Episode 21The Dolan Family
In November 2004, James Dolan of St. Petersburg, Florida made news because the unthinkable happened – a deranged man with a gun walked into the electronics store where he worked and opened fire. In fifteen seconds that would forever change the lives of the Dolan family, three people died, including the gunman, who had shot James in the head. Miraculously James survived, but without his eyesight.
James and his wife, Chrissy, have been together since they were teenagers, and were thrilled when they were able to afford to buy James’ childhood home to raise their own children. But money was tight, so James did what he thought was best for his family and took on a second job as a manager at the electronics store.
Although the victim of a heinous crime, James is thankful that he’s alive and still able to be with his wife and children every day. At the same time he feels like he’s been failing them, no longer able to manage the upkeep of their home. James was naturally handy, and he enjoyed fixing up the house. But now everyday tasks like getting something to eat or drink, or turning on lights for his children have become difficult to accomplish. Bigger tasks – such as fixing the roof – are impossible.
The design team will replace the Dolans’ 1960s-era ranch house with a brand new home that’s more navigation-friendly for him.