Miami County in Northern Indiana is abuzz today with the arrival of the host of the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Anderson-based Hallmark Homes Inc. will tear down a house near the tiny community of Miami, Ind., and build a free one for the family, according to the company’s Web site. Host Ty Pennington was to knock on the door of the receiving family today.
The home is listed on Hallmark’s Web site at 11040 South 100 West, Bunker Hill. Property records indicate it belongs to Andy and Heather Cowan. The address is about 45 miles north of Indianapolis.
The Kokomo Tribune reports it is the home of Kori Brown, according to the area chapter of the American Cancer Society. She has raised thousands in cash to fight cancer for her friend, Alyssa Lewandowski, Noblesville, the newspaper’s Web site reported.
The Star reported in September 2007 that Alyssa was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia when she was 4-1/2 but had been in remission for the past two years, according to her mother, Christina Lewandowski. The Lewandowskis have been involved in many Indianapolis efforts to raise funds to fight cancer.
Owners of four Two Men and A Truck franchises — including the one in Indianapolis — have reported through a spokeswoman that they will be moving the Miami County family beginning about 4 p.m. today.
An audience area will be set up outside the home, according to the Web site. The project is expected to take six days, according to the show’s producers. An airdate for the Kokomo-area project was not immediately available.
The show’s visit to the Kokomo area is believed to be the show’s third in Indiana.