Little Jonah Gomez is battling two blood diseases. The seven-year-old cannot sleep without oxygen. He has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for years. But Jonah is a fighter. His bright spirit and charming ways have inspired and mobilized an entire community. You see, not long ago Extreme Makeover: Home Edition knocked on Jonah’s door. His mother Jessica answered. She would soon learn that her family, who had been staying with relatives in Taylorsville (Utah), would soon have a new home of their own, designing specifically for Jonah’s needs. She couldn’t hold back the tears. Her family would soon be moving to Daybreak, Utah. She had no idea what an incredible welcome they would receive.
Known for its high levels of engagement and connectivity, the Daybreak community quickly mobilized. In June, employees, residents, volunteers, vendors and contractors came together to do, what normally takes months, in six days – build an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Daybreak’s developer Kennecott Land donated a carefully-selected lot, while Holmes Homes contributed all the materials and costs associated with building the home. In total, the 24/7 project attracted nearly 3,000 volunteers, who donated more than 17,000 hours to get the job done.
To hear the Gomez’s incredible family story and witness this exceptional example of how one community came together to make a difference, tune into Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday, October 2 on ABC. To read about more good works in other CCMC communities, please visit CCMC’s new “Giving Back” page at CCMCnet.com/giving-back .