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“Extreme Makeover” Family May Lose Their House

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Four years ago, Larry and Judy Vardon's house was extensively remodeled thanks to ABC-TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, in part to accommodate their blind, autistic now-16-year-old son, Lance. Now the family faces the loss of the house: The family's mortgage payment has almost doubled since the makeover and their medical insurance does not cover medical, dental, and other therapies for Lance. Both Larry and Judy Vardon are deaf and the renovations included the installation of cameras and flat-screen monitors for them to monitor their son. As reported in today's Associated Press via MLive:

Adding to their insecurity, Larry Vardon, 50, works at Chrysler LLC's Sterling Heights stamping plant. The company is on the brink of bankruptcy as it and the other Detroit automakers appeal to Congress for emergency loans.

“I'm afraid I'm going to lose my house now,” Judy Vardon, using sign language through an interpreter, told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens for a story published Sunday. “This house really belongs to Lance. This is his environment. He can't speak out for himself, and I hope we can save this house.”

The Vardons are trying to negotiate a lower monthly mortgage rate.

And it seems that Extreme Makeover ought to provide more than renovations to a house's interior and exterior: It's great to “makeover” a house, but what if the family can no longer afford to live in it?