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APSU has role in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

The hit reality show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition kicks off its new season at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, on ABC-Channel 2 with a two-hour special, taped in Clarksville in June.

The show features the now-famous design team working with 1,200 local volunteers to rebuild a home for Luis Rodriguez, a Fort Campbell soldier who lost a leg while serving in Iraq, his wife, Lilliam, and daughters, Michelle, 9, and Melanie, 6.

The Rodriguez family was nominated for the shows extreme makeover of their home by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
The hit reality show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” kicks off its new season at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, on ABC-Channel 2 with a two-hour special, taped in Clarksville in June.

The show features the now-famous design team working with 1,200 local volunteers to rebuild a home for Luis Rodriguez, a Fort Campbell soldier who lost a leg while serving in Iraq, his wife, Lilliam, and daughters, Michelle, 9, and Melanie, 6.

The Rodriguez family was nominated for the show's extreme makeover of their home by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Lilliam Rodriguez, the soldier's wife, is an APSU student, majoring in social work. Prior to the “big reveal,” President Sherry Hoppe visited the construction site and presented a scholarship check for Lilliam to design team stars Ed Sanders and Ty Pennington.

Local builder Clay Powers has invited the Rodriguez family and all of the volunteers to gather at Austin Peay State University to watch the show together, according to an article in the Sept. 19, 2005, edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.

Also, in her article, Stacy Smith Segovia indicated that a part of the two-hour season premiere will reveal that APSU paid for the remainder of Lilliam's education. Dennie B. Burke