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Five days, more than 1,200 volunteers, and one deserving family: That was the combination of factors needed for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new home in Martinez for Jhyvre Sears. Sears, 17, suffers from Krabbe Disease, a genetic disorder that affects nerve fibers in the brain. Doctors said that she couldn’t return to her home until mold and allergens that threatened her immune system were removed from the home. Sears’s teacher at Seventh Day Adventist school alerted Extreme Makeover to the family’s plight, then Dave Sanson of El Sobrante’s DeNova Homes provided enough volunteer personnel to make the dream house a reality. Here’s some behind-the-scenes scoop about the show.

Most Popular Cast Member: While Ty Pennington may be the Extreme team’s heartthrob, construction crews seemed to prefer designer Constance Ramos (pictured, far left). One worker vowed never to wash his hard hat after Ramos signed it.

Quick Save: Seconds before demolition crews began destroying the former home, Ramos rushed in to rescue a ceramic cherub abandoned on the porch.

What a Relief: A therapist from Changes in Walnut Creek pampered the cast and crew with free massages.

What They Ate:
Dinners were donated by Los Panchos, the Pacheco take-out staple.

All Work, Little Play: Extreme Makeover cast members were busy filming retakes until the wee hours, and skipped the wrap party held at the Masonic Temple in Martinez.

Because There Aren’t Enough Starbucks Already: Baristas from several local Starbucks stores set up a makeshift coffee bar on the construction site to ensure the cast and crew had caffeine 24/7.


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