Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Season 4 Episode 8

Farina Family

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2006 on ABC
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Farina Family
St. Meinrad, IN — The Farina family are given an extreme makeover.

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  • You must see this episode for yourself. You'll experience the love, the generosity of people, and the pride you'll get from knowing people do care for each other. You will want to watch it for the house, for the relay race, and for your own well being.moreless

    This episode hold ups the wonderful job this series does in restoring my faith in the goodness of people. The women of the Farina Family have a pre-disposition to breast cancer.

    Shawna as a child watched her 29 year old Mother battle breast cancer. Her Mother fought hard never showing either the pain or her own heartache. This example changed Shawna's life and gave it a direction, which has been a benefit for her entire community.

    Shawna dedicated her time, money, and soul to helping other fight cancer and some day turning hope into a cure. She is the local chairperson of "Relay for Life," which is a walking event the American Cancer Society sponsors to raise awareness and money. In a town of 600 she raised over $500,000.00 towards the fight for cancer. Shawna is active at the local and even the national level.

    The doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer three weeks before her 26th birthday. She held off telling her Mother because she knew her Mother would blame herself. As we all know it's not your fault or even your Mother's fault. Yet, those feelings still remain in this family, even till today.

    Family means the world to Shawna and it was her own kids who allowed her to beat the cancer and become a one year survivor. But the battle has been taking its toll on all aspects of this wonderful family. They have nothing left to give or even for them to take care of each other.

    Living in a 135 year old home has been difficult, as there is no insulation and she became too tired to climb the stairs. This brings us to the episode.

    There are two parts to this adventure. First the team will, as they always do, build a wonderful home with the special touches necessary to make each family member feel special. Second and even more important is a 5 day (24 hours a day) Relay for Life event sponsored by Ford Motors.

    The family gets the new start to life they deserve and in so many wonderful ways. The children get uniquely designed rooms for themselves. Shawna gets an office for her wonderful work. Steve, the Dad, has the joy of seeing his family taken living in a glorious new home with their needs taken care of for him.

    You must see this episode for yourself. You'll experience the love, the generosity of people, and the pride you'll get from knowing people do care for each other. You will want to watch it for the house, for the relay race, and for your own well being.

    And yes while corporations are soulless, the people who make up these companies have souls of Gold! It is their souls shining as a beacon in the night that illuminate the world to the goodness God put in this world.moreless
  • The Farina family truely diserved the blessing of this new home, espicially considering how young the Mrs. Farina is.

    The episode was amazing! I was at the Relay For Life (near the home), and watching the care and selflessness of the community was heartwarming. It was very emotional for me to hear the stories of not only the Farina family, but also from the other cancer survivors at the event. The house was beautiful, obviously the star in this wonderful community. It was one of the highlights of my year for 2006! Watching this episode will make everyone appreciative of what they have, especially their health.moreless
  • The Farina family from Southern IN are a hard-working, well-deserving family. Mom was only 25 when diagnosed with breast cancer; she fought hard & won! She's now the chairperson for breast cancer awareness in Indiana.moreless

    This family only lives about twenty minutes from my home in southern Indiana and I was fortunate enough to help out with the race for the cure walk for Mrs. Farina. Our entire community pitched together to help rebuild the home and also raise money for cancer research. We had a five day walk for the family and it was extremely emotional when the family stopped by to finish the walk with us and end the race. There will not be another episode that will be as personal for me as this one was and I am an avid home makeover watcher. This is a show that is making a great difference in the lives of American's!moreless
  • Great and tearjerking episode!

    This young couple that is about thirty and has three

    Kids as they are the most precious and beautiful kids

    I have ever seen so far under the age of ten

    As the mother has beaten breast cancer but still fears of Getting it back. As the team rebuilds their farm house

    Very sweet episode to give back also to those that have

    Battled cancer before!
  • The Farinas are not yet 30, but they have three children, and have lived a year with breast cancer.

    This episode was exactly why I continue to watch EM:HE. The mom is a breast cancer survivor AND activist, as is HER mom. The whole family is loving and warm, and very deserving of both a new house, and a new car. (Classy touch, Ford, giving a car to the grandmom too!) The designs for the bedrooms were fun and functional, and the new guy? He cried. He's a keeper.

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