On Father’s Day, June 19, 2011, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (EMHE) traveled to Etters, Pennsylvania to surprise the Keefer family with the door knock which can change lives. Dad Steve Keefer retired early to nurture his son Brian, a star athlete who became paralyzed in a life-threatening accident in 2008, just before his 21st birthday. Steve and Brian have an incredible father/son bond and, along with other family members, have worked hard to help Brian realize his dreams of graduating from college someday and regaining his ability to walk.
On July 1st, 2008, twelve days before his 21st birthday, Brian Keefer (an all-around college athlete, volleyball player & coach, record-holding track & field athlete, and president of his college’s gymnastics club) suffered a drastic gymnastics injury that paralyzed him from his neck down. Brian was a sophomore at Lock Haven University heading into his junior year. With this injury, Brian needed 24-hour care and his father Steve didn’t hesitate. After working 30+ years at a distribution post for the military, he gave up his job and regular life to move onto the college campus with Brian as his primary care aide. With his Dad’s help, Brian is (with obvious qualifications) in many ways thriving: he even won Homecoming King at his college.
At his family home, Brian is limited to only a few downstairs rooms of the house. With all his equipment, his makeshift room is very small and cluttered. Brian often feels trapped like a prisoner. Also, the best therapy for Brian is aqua-therapy and although the home has an outdoor pool that Steve built for his sons when they were younger – it is not accessible to Brian in his wheelchair.
The episode kicks-off EMHE’s move to Friday nights and airs at 8pm MDT. The design team has just seven days to build a ‘forever home’ for Brian which affords him both adult independence as he grows and begins a new family someday, AND proximity to his family to take care of him. They will remodel the current family home and create another fully-accessible home for Brian with a separate entrance. The Keefer family have been whisked away on a dream vacation at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson and local business Musser Home Builders, Inc., as well as community volunteers, rebuild the structure. The Colorado Springs Film Commission, part of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and The Broadmoor Hotel worked closely with the show’s production team to ensure an unforgettable vacation for Brian and his family.
The location address is: 75 Dubbers Drive, Etters, PA 17319
The series is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America.