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Local family to appear on 'Makeover' TV show

Photo by Karie Bradley

Photo by Karie Bradley

MADISON -- A family in Madison is getting extreme home renovation help this week from local volunteers and businesses, as well as the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television show.

Design and construction crews will be at the home of 10-year-old Anaiah Rucker throughout the week, culminating with the "Move That Bus" ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Rucker was severely injured at the age of 9 when she pushed her 5-year-old sister out of the path of an oncoming truck. Rucker's left leg was amputated as a result of her injuries and she is now wheelchair-bound.

Local builders on the project include Madison-based Smart Properties and Lake Oconee-based Pilot Builders. Social Circle Ace Hardware has also contributed many supplies and two of its employees will be on site helping with construction.

According to the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Georgia Build Facebook page, Rucker, her mother, Andrea, and two sisters, Camry and Amariah, were awakened Sunday to a knock on the door by the show's host, Ty Pennington, and the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design crew. They were sent on a vacation to Walt Disney World while designers, builders and volunteers work over the next several days to renovate the family's home to accommodate Rucker.

Members of the public will be allowed to visit the site beginning at 8 a.m. today. Spectators will need to park at Ingles in Madison, 1441 Eatonton Road, and take a shuttle to the build site. The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., organizers stated.

The show is expected to air on ABC sometime in October.