The Kardashians help raise awareness to bullying in a special two-part episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” premiering on Friday, December 2, 2011 (8:00-9:00 & 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on ABC Television Network. “Walker Family” Parts 1 & 2 of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is about a family in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Carl Walker was just 11 years old when he took his own life on April 6, 2009. Walker had told his mother, Sirdeaner Walker, about the many incidents of kids bullying him at school fro about a year before his suicide.
The family still hasn’t been able to return to normal after Carl’s death, but they have focused their energies on helping others. They has turned this tragic event into something positive by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying.
The Walker house was a living memory of the most horrific night in any family’s life. The 3rd floor was where Carl Walker took his own life. As a result, the family could not bear the sadness of being on that floor. The “EM: HE” team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the Walker family, a new facility that would meet their current needs and also honor Carl in a positive way.
While the “Extreme Makeover” team set to work on revamping the home, the Walker family was whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood. The Walkers were greeted by Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom in Hollywood.
The Kardashian sisters hosted an Anti Bullying Rally in support of the Walker family and enlisted the help of their friend, Demi Lovato, who performed for the crowd. The event was sponsored by Sears. Back in Massachusetts, teen sensation Cody Simpson performed, and enlisted hundreds of teens to join him in a Stand Together March to stop bullying.
Ty Pennington and “EM: HE” designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris, John Littlefield and local builders N. Riley Construction, Inc., as well as community volunteers, helped build the new home and brought together organizations in support of the episode theme to Stand Together in the fight against bullying. “EM: HE” is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America.
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