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NASCAR's Jeff Gordon to appear on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

We  blogged this a few weeks back but it's worth repeating since the show airs on Sunday night.

Here's a portion of the release from ABC:

          “Suggs Family” -- On January 11, 2010, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Loris, SC – with race car driver Jeff Gordon as the celebrity volunteer -- to meet Amanda and Derrick Suggs, a young couple who had just started their own family when they adopted Amanda’s younger siblings to keep them from being separated in foster care. When Derrick and Amanda got married, they moved into the home Derrick inherited from his grandfather, who built it in 1953. The home came with a long list of needed repairs: a leaking roof, outdated and exposed electrical wiring, rotting foundation and cracked asbestos siding. This episode will air SUNDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Also in the episode, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth team up with Ty and the “EM:HE” designers to take on their toughest opponent yet -- the old Suggs family home.

          At a very young age, Amanda was forced to take on the role of a mother figure to her siblings. The children were often left alone for extended periods of time and, because the family moved so often, they were frequently out of school. Between missing school herself and caring for her siblings, Amanda fell so far behind that she dropped out after the seventh grade. At 16 Amanda reached out to her aunt for help, and she agreed to take care of Amanda and the two oldest boys. Living with her aunt helped Amanda get her life back on track, and within three months she received her GED and began community college classes. When she turned 18, Amanda moved to Myrtle Beach to continue her college education. When she met Derrick, they instantly fell in love, were married, and soon welcomed their first born, Walker. But shortly thereafter Amanda’s brother, Jacob, informed her that he and his younger brothers were being taken away from their parents and placed in foster care. Without hesitation, Derrick and Amanda brought the boys to live with them.


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