Season 5 | Episode 513 | Aired 01/16/2008
Renee Sherrard-Luther grew up on a 156-acre farm known as Rolling Hills Ranch. When she was two, her father passed away and the farm was left in the care of her hardworking mother, who hosted families in need. Dedicated to the farm and helping her mother, Renee had a strong love for riding and helping those in need, especially children. Majoring in Equine Studies and volunteering at a therapeutic riding program, she later became an instructor and opened her own facility and non-profit organization, the Freedom Hills Riding Program, which is now in its 25th year of operation. The organization has helped thousands of people enjoy and benefit from their therapeutic riding lessons, including a roster of students who suffer from a wide range of physical problems that include brain injuries, broken necks, autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental issues. Renee has also been involved with her community's Special Olympics programs in Equestrian, helping many of its participants win gold medals. She's accomplished much for her community, all the while facing personal tragedy: her husband, Carl, was diagnosed with liver cancer and passed away a few months ago. On her own, Renee now has to raise and support her kids, in addition to maintaining her riding facility. Struggling with finances, she fears she will have to close the facility, which she had promised her husband she would renovate. In addition her house has many problems, including foundation issues, lack of insulation, unsafe windows and doors and a kitchen with broken appliances.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming to Maryland to help a woman who has helped so many others, and to provide her a new home, a new riding facility and to fulfill her husband's last wish.
While Ty and the designers, local builder Clark Turner Signature Homes and the hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Luther family will go on vacation to Adventure By Disney to Italy.