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Search for a Bone Marrow Donor on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:15AM
Jonah GomezOn this week's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) Ty Pennington and his crew were pulling double duty.

Not only were they building a new home for the Gomez family, they were also looking for a suitable bone marrow donor to give new life to son Jonah, who suffers from a rare blood disorder.

Before a soccer match in Pasadena, Calif. Pennington asked the crowd -- and viewers at home -- to step up and register as bone marrow donors.

As mom Jessica looked on in tears it was revealed that Major League Soccer was mounting registration drives at games all across the country at the same time to try to find a match for Jonah. Here's hoping a donor will be found in time.

To join the National Bone Marrow Donor Program click here.

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I don't think many have any idea of the cost of a bone marrow transplant, the number of tests that need to be done for both the donor and the recipient, and the length of hospital stay before the recipient is evern able to leave. At which point, the medical costs continue to rise. And some insurances pay...but a percentage. When you're talking $20,000 and UP, that can "break" you even if you are employed. Everyone should do his homework and find out a little about this potentially life-saving procedure...and become a potential donor!

October 03 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I just want to mention that ABC is one of the few stations that I watch but don't complain about having too many commercials. That's where they get the revenue that enables them to support shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

October 03 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
judi klein

I found it interesting that there was no mention of the mother being employed, a father paying child support, visiting, sharing in care and the grandmother's lack of involvement....strange

Is this woman a member of the LDS church? and if so, why have they not stepped up to help...who does pay the medical bills? Is it medicaid (you and me via our taxes) or some other entitlement program?

October 03 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to judi klein's comment

Where is the little boy's father?No mention was made of him.The mother isn't working either.

October 03 2011 at 7:28 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hattie54's comment

Yeah? So? What's your point?

October 04 2011 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PS I pray that a donor is found for little Jonah and he doesn't have to go through any more blood transfusions.

October 03 2011 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have problems watching the show because they tend to way over do it. However, for the first time they seemed to have cut back a little, The house which is still larger then needed is still not way over done. There is a full basement for Jonah to play small games of soccer. What this article failed to mention is that not only does he have ONE rare blood disorder he has TWO. And is supposed to be the only human alive with both disorders. But here is the really great thing that EHME did, they built a smaller house living area, bed room, kitchen and bath as rental property for the Gomez family to help offset medical cost and so forth. SO in this case they did good . Nuff said!

October 03 2011 at 5:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Hope they find a DONOR for the child, i don't care about the home just the health of the young boy, GOD BLESS THIS CHILD WITH A DONOR SOON!!

October 03 2011 at 4:44 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Just so you know, where a man who is a great mentor and has had his home for 3 years almost home.

October 03 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i use to watch it to but not no more who ever they build the house in a years time they are selling it i used to watch it everytime it came on made hubby go watch something because i had to watch it

October 03 2011 at 12:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i use to watch this show but some of the sobbing storey's were to much and then i also wondered if they were to poor to fix up what they or to live any better , then how was they going to be able to keep the new bills paid in their new digs. just wondering

October 03 2011 at 11:34 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Blanche's comment

Don't you think the families they help are well vetted beforehand? Of course they are -- it definitely would not be good publicity for ABC to put people in a house and help them, only to have the family lose the house because they couldn't afford the upkeep. And if you really paid attention, you'd realize the houses were donated by the builders and very often a lot of money was also donated for upkeep for quite some time.

October 03 2011 at 10:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They always pay the mortgage off on the old home, so thats a real help. I have read though, that some of the families that they built a new house for did have to sell for one reason or another.

October 04 2011 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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