Season 6
Akers family
Akers family
Season 6 | Episode 602 | Aired 10/04/2008

A happy couple bought a house 12 years ago and started a family. What they never expected was that each of their three children would eventually be diagnosed with life-threatening conditions.

Ty and the designers roll into West Chester, Ohio, where we meet the Akers family. The couple’s son Christian has been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Sadly, daughters Brooke and Faith also have ailments—both suffer from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Brooke gets around school in a 200-pound wheelchair, which unfortunately does not fit inside the house, leaving her primarily bed-ridden. Brooke and Faith can only move if someone carries them, and Ginger has already suffered a hiatus hernia from lifting the growing girls.

Despite their constricting conditions, we soon realize that the children remain a constant source of hope and admiration to their parents and others around them. Faith is a typical preschooler who loves her dolls. Christian plays five sports, and Brooke cheerleads at his games.

While we’re disheartened to discover that the almost insurmountable medical bills leave Greg and Ginger unable to afford to renovate or relocate—causing their children to live in a home too small for their needs—Ty and the designers step in to make the Akers’ home more accessible, giving the family a brighter and more comfortable future.

Finally, we get a totally poptastic surprise when Grammy-nominated superstars the Jonas Brothers swing by to perform for the Akers family. We’re also thrown for a curve (literally!) when Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo makes an appearance, as well.

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