"Extreme Makeover" Home Edition - Philadelphia

The view of the Py house from Chopper 6. The view of the Py house from Chopper 6.

Good Morning, Py Family!

PHILADELPHIA - On March 22, loving and devoted grandparents, William and Carole Py of Philadelphia, PA and their three orphaned grandchildren who were left in their care after their parents died will receive a beautiful and renovated home in a remarkable 7 days thanks to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Having raised four girls and putting each through college, 60 year-old "Grandpop" William Py and his 57 year-old wife, "Grandma" Carole were looking forward to retirement. But life had something else in store for them. In l997, "Grandpop" and "Grandma," a couple who enjoyed spoiling their grandkids, but also relished the idea that they could send the children home to their own parents after fun visits, would have their lives shattered by the first of two tragedies that would befall this closely-knit family. In July of that year, their son-in-law, Jose Rosario, 33, died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. Jose left behind his wife, Sandra Py Rosario, a breast cancer survivor, and three young children, William, Samantha and Jose, "Joey."

Devastated by their loss, Sandra and the children returned home to be with her parents, "Grandpop" and "Grandma" who welcomed them with open, loving arms. Not long after returning home, though, Sandra discovered that her breast cancer had returned. Only 14 months after losing her husband, 28 year old Sandra lost her own life. Her children were suddenly orphans.

"Grandpop"and "Grandma" Py were not about to turn their backs on their grandkids. The hard-working couple, who often wondered how they would be able to live a financially comfortable life of retirement before the added responsibilities that caring for their orphaned grandkids would bring, faced the harsh reality that things would be even tougher as they headed into the future.

Complicating matters was the discovery that their house was plagued by both asbestos and lead problems. Realizing that asbestos can cause severe medical problems and lead poisoning, "Grandpop" and "Grandma" Py worried how they would find the money that was needed to rid their house of such hazards.

In this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" the design team will help this loving family have the safe and beautiful home they so richly deserve.

While the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team, local builder Dewey Companies of Wayne, PA, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Py house into a dream home, the Pys will go on vacation in Florida.

The design team for this episode will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo - who is originally from Media, Pa., Preston Sharp, Paige Hemmis and Daniel Kucan.

The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey. David Goldberg is the president of Endermol USA.

A parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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