The long awaited episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring the Terpenning family from Beavercreek premiered last night on ABC. The episode was filmed in late July and early August in Beavercreek, Ohio.

The family along with many others attended a viewing party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beavercreek. ABC Channel 22 also ran an half hour special before the episode aired and another after the 11:00 pm news cast featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the event.


Waving to the Crowd – The Terpenning family waves to a crowd of hundreds with Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Photo © Craig Barhorst


Move That Bus! A large crowd showed up for the big reveal in August when Extreme Makeover Home Edition visited the Terpenning family in Beavercreek, Ohio. Photo © Craig Barhorst

The episode highlighted the family’s struggles with having two members with disabilities living in a house that was not very handicap accessible. But as the episode made clear, being disabled doesn’t mean giving up on dreams or accomplishments. James Terpenning, confined to a wheelchair, is a gold medal winner, plays on a wheelchair basketball team and also has a list of goals to accomplish throughout his life. One of those goals was to go scuba diving and that goal was fulfilled in the episode when he got to go scuba diving in Disney World.

The description for the episode read as follows: “The team rebuilds the home of a family whose father is a wheelchair sports champion and mentor to disabled Iraq War veterans; Kellie Pickler is the celebrity volunteer.”