This couple has provided foster care for hundreds of children. Now they need help equipping their home so that their own adopted son can have a better life.
In this episode, Ty and the crew guide the EM:HE bus to Pekin, Illinois to come to the aid of special education teacher Stephen Grys and his wife, Jean. We learn that these two have generously provided foster care to over 250 children over the past 25 years.
The couple’s adopted son, eight-year-old Easter Seals Ambassador Jake Grys, suffers from Ontogenesis Imperfecta (a.k.a. Brittle Bone Disease) and Dwarfism. We find that Jake was not expected to live more than a few weeks past birth. However, we’re blown away by the fact that this intelligent kid with a bursting personality has far exceeded doctors’ expectations.
It’s becomes apparent to us that Jake’s greatest desire is to be able to do things independently. Physically, he cannot get a drink, go to the bathroom, turn on a light or even open a door. In one heartbreaking moment, we see that Jacob is so delicate that he sleeps in a dog bed made of memory foam so he won’t fall off and break his bones.
Now with the help of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Jake’s independence can become a reality and his family can selflessly continue to focus on their community service.
We get an extra bonus when designer Rib Hillis heads to Los Angeles to consult with two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke for help in designing a special theme room for the Grys’ daughter, Bekah’s.