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APSU student's home gets ‘Extreme Makeover'

Were guessing Lilliam Rodriguez, an APSU student, didnt get much sleep last night.

Extreme HomeThats because today, shell see the results of her homes Extreme Makeover. And there will be an added bonus for Lilliam–a surprise full-tuition scholarship from Austin Peay, which APSU President Sherry Hoppe will present to Ty Pennington (or another member of the design team) this morning.
We're guessing Lilliam Rodriguez, an APSU student, didn't get much sleep last night.

Extreme HomeThat's because today, she'll see the results of her home's “Extreme Makeover.” And there will be an added bonus for Lilliam—a surprise full-tuition scholarship from Austin Peay, which APSU President Sherry Hoppe will present to Ty Pennington (or another member of the design team) this morning.

The house Lilliam shared with her husband, Master Sgt. Luis Rodriguez, and their two daughters, Michelle, 8, and Melanie, 6, was demolished and rebuilt in a marathon project over the last week by the Clay Powers Company LLC and a team of more than 700 volunteers as an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

As a medic in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Luis Rodriguez lost his right leg above the knee, lost two left fingertips and sustained serious shrapnel wounds to his left leg when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb in March 2003 near Mosul, Iraq.

During the next four months, he underwent 16 surgeries and learned how to walk with a new prosthetic and crutches. Rodriguez, who refuses to take a military retirement, is working as an instructor at Fort Campbell while studying to become a social worker. He wants to be a qualified counselor for families of injured or killed soldiers.

The family's former home in north Clarksville had doorways and passages that made mobility difficult for Rogriguez, who uses crutches.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” along with Clarksville builder Clay Powers LLC, Disabled American Veterans and Homes for Our Troops, organized the effort to give this deserving soldier and his family a home that meets his needs. Several APSU students also worked as construction volunteers.

Extreme HomeAaron Chaney, a graphic design major at APSU, volunteered on the site as a media escort. “I wanted to volunteer for the project first because I'm from a military family,” he says. “My brother just got out, and my brother-in-law and my dad are still in.

“I also was interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the show works. I framed houses last summer, and from a construction standpoint, the organization and speed of the project were phenomenal.”

The Rodriguez Family episode will air during the 2005-06 season on the ABC Television Network. The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp and Paige Hemmis.
Currently, the highly popular reality show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” airs 7-8 p.m., Sundays, on the ABC Television Network.