Season 6
Kadzis Family
Kadzis Family
Season 6 | Episode 622 | Aired 04/11/2009

A father’s dying wish.  A unique family focused on abilities, not disabilities.  These elements makes this story utterly unforgettable.

George Kadzis has one dying wish—to provide his wife and children a safe home.  George, a prison dentist and his wife, Barbara, a life-long teacher, truly open their hearts and home to several special needs children whom they adopted from orphanages in China.

Their daughter, Melody, who is blind, found it difficult to make her way through the cramped house. The other children also have challenges: Julia is deaf, Martin has a deformed right arm and hand, Phoenix and Celeste need their cleft palates repaired and Aileen lost her birth father to cancer.  And, in addition, this family had to deal with hurricane damage to their home.

We come to learn that George and Barbara did not speak Chinese and yet, the family comes together through the common language of music. Two of the children play guitar and piano, another flute, another zither, and Julia dances, even though she cannot hear a note. It warms us to see this unique family blend as one whole in this way.

The hundreds of blue-shirted volunteers make you want to cheer as they join with Ty and the designers to make this family a home that meets all of their needs.

And in a special appearance, music legend Stevie Wonder performs a private concert for this musical family on the reveal day.

The part that brings big tears to our eyes at the end is discovering that although George saw the completed home for his family—his wish came true—he passed away from the brain cancer he had been battling.

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