Anderson, Indiana

Hallmark Homes Announces Extreme Family and Celebrity: AU Involved

Wed, 2009-10-21 10:20 -- univcomm
October 21, 2009

Today, Ty Pennington and his team travel to Miami County, Ind., to meet the Cowan-Brown family. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will rebuild the home of Andy and Heather Cowan, factory workers who struggle to support their four children Ryan, 16, Trevor, 13, Mason, 8, and daughter Kori, 12, who is battling a congenital blood disease.

emhe1At six-years-old Kori Cowan was diagnosed with a congenital blood disease affecting her immune system. Kori has developed polyps in her nasal cavity and behind her eyes. She has already endured 17 operations as a result of these painful growths, which must be surgically removed. Doctors believe these polyps may be the result of environmental issues in the family’s home, including an extreme mold infestation. Ryan, Andy and Heather’s oldest son, has also fallen ill and has gone to live with his biological father – tearing this close-knit family apart.

Despite the daily struggles Kori faces, she has not let her disease slow her down. During one of her stays at the blood clinic, Kori was inspired by a little girl with whom she shared a room and who remains one of her best friends. Kori has raised over $35,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of her friend while being restricted to the upstairs of her family’s deteriorating home. Now, it’s up to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build Kori and her family a safe, new home that will allow her to not just fight her own disease, but continue to fight cancer as well.

The family will go on vacation to Disneyland while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Didiayer Snyder, and Xzibit, celebrity volunteer Platinum selling artist David Cook, local builder Hallmark Homes, and community volunteers rebuild their home.

Before they leave, the Cowan-Brown family will participate in a press conference at 12:30 p.m. today at 11040 S. 100 W., Bunker Hill, Ind.

Hallmark Homes invites all Hoosiers to show their support of this Extreme Makeover: Home Edition by visiting the site and following the build on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. For more information, visit

Businesses and community partners have already signed up to be part of the project. Anderson University is mobilizing students, faculty, staff, and alumni to help make one family’s dream come true. Other partners include: Schneider Electric, Carter Lumber, Bilt Best Windows, Reese Wholesale, Climate Master, JN Stone, Modern Trailer Sales, Blakley’s Designer Floors, Madison Millwork, ZIP System, AdvanTech, and Ball State University.

The Location Address: The Cowan-Brown Family — 11040 S 100 West, Bunker Hill, Ind., 46914

About Hallmark Homes: Hallmark Homes is one of the largest, on-your-lot custom home builders in the Midwest. Having built more than 1,000 homes since 1992, Hallmark Homes’ service, quality control, scheduling and warranty are second to none. Hallmark Homes is a proud recipient of the coveted 2008 Keystone Award and 2008 Residential Warranty National Award of Distinction. Hallmark is also member of the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of Home Builders. For more information, visit

About ABC-TVs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Emmy® award-winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now it its seventh season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8 – 9 p.m., ET on ABC.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

ABC Media Relations: (Los Angeles) Jonathan Hogan (818) 460-7016. (New York) Lisa Scalzo (212) 456-7109. Photography is available at or at (818) 460-6611.

Build Schedule: Oct. 21: Family is notified, also known as the "Door Knock" Oct. 22: Demolition of the house Oct. 27: House reveal, also known as the time for "Move that Bus!"

Spectators and Volunteers Hallmark Homes is inviting individuals from across Indiana to attend and volunteer during the build. All individuals interested in participating as spectators or volunteers should visit the Web site:

Sponsorships and Donations To make a donation please go to To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Derek Wilder at (765) 620-3883 or via e-mail at

Media Credentials During the week-long build, a media tent will be available for all qualified media members. Media must show identification or a letter of assignment on media letterhead at check in to receive credentials.

Interviews To schedule interviews with builders, family, and talent or to request information on credentials, please e-mail To schedule an interview please call (765) 620-3883.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.