Earlier this spring, the crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was here in Utah, helping out the Gomez of Taylorsville with a new house over in South Jordan's Daybreak. The family moved in back in June, but the episode is scheduled to air this Sunday night at 7pm, Oct. 2. The Gomez family was chosen because of 7-year-old Jonah, who has a form of blood cancer that led to open-heart surgery. He's currently waiting for a bone-marrow donor.
Jonah's mom, Jessica, had to give up her job to care for him, costing her her health insurance.
Among the thousands involved in this effort are Real Salt Lake and its captain, Kyle Beckerman, along with Major League Soccer. RSL and MLS sponsored a donor drive earlier this season, looking for someone who is a match for young Jonah. They're looking for people to sign up as donors and get the inside of their cheek swabbed so they can be matched with those awaiting bone marrow transplants.
MLS also sponsored swab-a-thons at games in Dallas, Kansas City, San Jose, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., along with the Gold Cup championship game in Pasadena. For more information, go to http://www.daybreakutah.com/extreme-makeover-home-edition or getswabbed.org.
While the designers spent plenty of time working on the house itself, Ty Pennington and his crew sent designers Xzibit, Paige, and Michael to Park City Mountain Resort in search of an exciting mystery item to bring back. PCMR's Andy Miller took these photos of their on-hill adventures.