Every neighborhood has one — that local hero who makes life a little easier for everyone around him or her. Now is America's chance to celebrate neighborhood heroes in a BIG way. Each week, HGTV's cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, give one hero the surprise of a lifetime. First, we send him or her away for a weekend. Once they are gone, the cousins descend on the neighborhood with huge trucks and hulking teams of renovators to tackle a home overhaul customized exactly to the hero. Finally, the cousins and the neighborhood band together to reveal our hero's house, transformed inside and out. (Source:
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Lucie Kahn is a Child Life Specialist dedicated to helping hospitalized children deal with a medical environment and understand their procedures and treatments. She, too, copes with a severe medical situation having contracted Lyme disease while working at a summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. Her condition has drained her and her husband's resources preventing them from fixing the serious issues that threaten their first home together. So the Cousins corral help from her co-workers, family and friends to surprise her with an entire first floor overhaul.
Marianela is a Child Therapist who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of troubled youth. She and her husband bought their first home as newlyweds and it immediately became their extended family's main hub for all get-togethers. Within a year, the whole basement flooded and the space became entirely unusable. Now this budding family of four needs all the space they can get. So the Cousins team up with Marianela's colleagues, patients, family and friends to surprise her with a modern cottage-style full basement overhaul including a family room with a handmade fireplace, custom open stairs and a stage for the kids to entertain guests.