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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deaf Winners About To Lose Home

November 24, 2008

By Bug

Is your area one of the country’s hardest hit areas for foreclosures? Is there a foreclousre next door? Your neighbors suffer. Today, many homeowners are facing foreclosures. Deaf couple is losing a home. They are suffering too.

Four years ago, a popluar U.S. reality T.V. show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, featured a home makeover for a Deaf couple Larry and Judy Vardon in Oak Park near Detroit and their two sons, both of them were hearing and one of them is blind and autistic. The Extreme Makeover crew and the team assembled worked to give this family high-tech communication and safety solutions currently available to individuals who live with deafness.

Now Larry, Judy, and their children are about to lose their home because they are deep in debt. They hope to stay at their beautiful home for Thanksgiving for the last time. It might be their last Thanksgiving this year.

Local 4 News Anchor Devin Scillian went to their home and interviewed. Here’s a video but unforuntely, there is no closed caption.


In case you miss the Extreme Makerover: Home Edition Deaf Winners show, you can click these links to view the T.V. show:

Part 1


Part 2:


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


Part 6


Part 7


Part 8


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  1. November 24, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    That is really sad! I have heard that other Extreme Makeover families are facing the same struggles to pay the mortgages and taxes. 😦

  2. A.J
    November 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh no, it is sad news to hear that they have to give up because of heavy debt.

    Send my prayer to their family.

  3. Mike
    November 24, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Oh no. Are Greedy Mortgage Brokers Responsible for the Foreclosure Crisis? Although greedy mortgage brokers may become the scapegoat of the foreclosure crisis, they were not the only ones taken in by the era of easy credit. I hope their bank or whoever can help the Deaf couple and their family.

  4. November 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    My prayers are with them. I hope someone will help them to keep the house.

  5. Richard Roehm
    November 24, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    A sad testament that the economic mess impacts even people like the Deaf family. Of our 18 clients of this type of situation, weve been able to stop forclosures on 3 of them. Most of the others were unprepared for the mortgage adjustments. Some were plainly irresponsible.

  6. JustJodi2
    November 25, 2008 at 3:58 am

    It is a sad thing, but seems like this is the economic picture of the world.
    They are not alone, it is affecting alot of other people world wide.
    My sympathies for this couple and every other person who is affected by the economic mess.

    I have to agree with what Richard Roehm said,,SOME WERE PLAINLY IRRESPONSIBLE,, that is the key.

    I wish every one the best of luck finding a solution to their problems.

  7. Anonymous
    November 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

    kind of Debts? Credit cards? Taxes?

  8. Chevy
    November 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

    kind of Debts? Credit cards? Taxes?

  9. November 25, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    My wife points out that some of the Extreme Home Makeover houses are built too large for households too support (too large to heat, electricity, other utilities).

    What do you think? Do the banks shoulder at least some of the load?

    I posted an article describing the way banks/insurance companies pulled one over American citizens. Check it out if you’d like to learn more: http://tinyurl.com/68eojk

  10. Anonymous
    November 26, 2008 at 11:28 am

    omg it’s great

  11. zoozoo42
    November 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    the latest home built here in holt mich. has not even been aired yet and they are going to loose it. this is very disturbing to me. Does it make sense to give these people such a huge house they can’t even afford the $6,600.00/yr. taxes alone. I would like to know how many of these poor people have lost their homes, at least before the show arrived they had a house! Hey, Ty are you aware of this. I thought of this as the best show on TV, helping people that need it. I at this point can’t stand it, how do you that work on it and create it can’t follow up to make sure these families don’t have to worry about this kinda stuff.


  12. Judy
    November 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    HI it me Judy I am the one on Extreme Makeover Home Edtions .. Sorry my name is Judy Vardon by the way I love DeafRead ! Oh yes it very confused on people about our home . Well first it about debt on Lance s past medical cost , Lance had 3 time cornea transplant and then found out he had autism , we had to pay lot of money for autism therpy which cost so much , it like total 40,000 dollar we have to reficance and use credit card to pay the medical . Our health inurance cover very little we have to pay from our pocket like 70 percent . It so hard . After show our medical cost never paid off and our mortgage never paid off . Thats why it bring worst . Yes sad but we still hang in there . I am sorry lot of people wondered why .

  13. Judy
    November 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    We are very happy to answer your question , because we like to see this true story not rumor . It have do nothing with our tax or bills . It about past time we owe Lance s medical cost . And my husband Larry s job laid off in past time . We never get money from ABC or bank or anything . NOTHING . We like stuck . OF COURSE we blessing our home changed into techology for our SAFETY AND OF COURSE FOR LANCE S SAFETY because you know autism behavior , they do like walk away without us know we cannot hear at nite time , two times police found him . Yes we are very stress and very scary for his safety . Now we lived very comfort and you know my home is not big size as you saw on other families on TV , our home is about inside techology thats all . And oh yes ! college sholarship for Stefan now he is freshman at Chicago . The biggest problem was we are in hole debt with Lance s medical from past it never paid off .
    Sorry for my poor spelling !

  14. Nick Vera
    November 30, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Hi Judy,

    Good day! I find very strange because every epioside of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, the organization are willing to donate the mortgage to paid off including medical bills. Did you guys mention to the ABC Network or the production company to share your financial concerns?
    I wish I could see the caption on your local news in regarding your losing home. Anyone have responded to you guys lately after viewing your segment of local news? Any help yet?
    I hope you guys keep the house because of the technology security upon your autistic son and everything that you need.
    I also hope your husband, Larry, will find a permanent job to pay off the bills immediately.

    The holidays will bring you both blessing with everything.

    Take care,


  15. Barbara
    November 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    We met at Curves in Berkley. I was saddened to hear of your problems with your mortgage. I am amazed that ABC didn’t have your mortgage paid off like they have done for other families. Also, it is worse that you can’t get help for your son, Lance’s medical bills. There must be some organization out there that can help you.
    I also heard that the mortgage company is working with Lighthouse to get the mortgage company, you and and interpreter together. I hope this all works out for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hope you have a good holiday season despite your sad news.

  16. Judy
    November 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    It hard to explain how that TV business works .. ABC did wonderful to us help us with techology we need for us and lance too . Sometime other families mortgage paid off it was not from ABC , usually from their contuctor to sponsor .. Sometime it so confused . However one problem was our son s medical cost from past time . It will be nice if it paid off before but . Thats why we stuck thats all . SO I hope we get something to help us and a better mortgage company .
    I know there was no CC on links on links on our Local News here information I just send out that some of them missed watch or need more information whats going on ….

    We the Vardon Family like to say something.

    Some of you saw us on channel 4 local news here in Detroit, MI about our home.

    Some of our deaf community asked me some questions because TV news was short and not enough information. I can help to answer some questions.

    We did not call channel 4 for help. We have been working with “The Lighthouse” of Oakland County, Michigan to save our home. The Lighthouse is a non-profit group that helps people save their homes before foreclosure happens. We went to The Lighthouse to ask for advice on our mortgage problems. The Lighthouse asked us to go on channel 4 news and explain that The Lighthouse is the place to go if you are having problems with mortgage problems. We wanted to show people that it is okay to ask for help and go to The Lighthouse.

    We really do want to save our home because the house we have is built for our son, Lance. Please remember Lance is blind and has autism. Lance needs specific things that can help Lance live each day. We can move to another home if it was just deaf things like flashing lights for phone, doorbell, VP, but the things needed for Lance and it is familiar place for Lance, no other home will provide the same things Lance needs. We worry about Lance’s running away if we move to another home. We fight for Lance.

    Yes, we are in threat of a foreclosure because our medical bills for Lance are high. We had 3 eye operations for Lance and his autism therapy. The medical bills are pricey for us. We just can not keep up with the medical bills and our mortgage bills at the same time. ABC Extreme Home Makeover

    made changes and were greatly helpful to us and our lives changed for the better. However, we still needed to pay our mortgage.

    I said my thanksgiving prayer is to save our home and send other families to The Lighthouse before the foreclosures happens for other families. We want to educate people about The Lighthouse of Oakland County, Michigan.

    We hope you understand and God Bless you.


  17. freezepop
    December 1, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    if you’re deaf, why didn’t medicare covers it? All deaf people regardless of their income or not requires medicare coverage by the federal government.

    I have one and I also have a private insurance from my work, too.

  18. freezepop
    December 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm


    You can get medicare or apply for one.

  19. Judy
    December 1, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Lance did not have medicare coveres . In Michigan so different . wait when Lance become 18 yrs old he will get medicare , I did tried to get him into medicare but they said Larry is work and has health inurance . yes I know it so struggle . I did apply medicare for Lance for 7 years nothing works out .

  20. Roxy
    December 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Hope you will keep this special house for your family, especially for Lance. Try to apply for some charity (charities) to help you pay off medical bills and etc

  21. S. Doolittle
    December 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I work for a homebuilder involved in a past Extreme Makeover Home Edition. These people are given these houses and the contents free and clear. Unless they’re still paying on the mortgage on the old house, they have no liabilities except taxes and upkeep. And sometimes the producers arrange to pay off the mortgage, and they have ways of reducing the tax load. For example, ordinarily the value of the improvements would be subject to income tax, but the producers and/or home builders lease the property from the owners for 14 days to avoid this, because improvements made to a house by a tenant are not taxable. The show’s producers often raise cash for kids’ scholarships, and to set up a fund to help these people deal with the added expense of a humongous, fancy house. The producers also recommend financial planners to help these people manage their budgets and the influx of cash, the amount of which is often adjusted upward to cover any Federal or State income tax liability. So if they’re in debt and about to loose the house, they’ve mismanaged their money. There’s another Extreme Makeover house in Florida that went into foreclosure because the people used it as collateral for a $450,000 business loan that went bust. Elsewhere, people have gotten in trouble because they weren’t willing to pay the increased property taxes on their new house. In some cases, neighbors have gotten angry, because the fancy house next door drives up their property values and then their taxes.

    I hate to sound harsh, but these people were not given a new house and left to fend for themselves. They were given plenty of opportunity to learn how to manage their funds correctly.

  22. Barbara
    December 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Judy-
    It’s Barb again- I know that you are having a rough time and I feel for you- Have you investigated Suplimental Social Security (SSI) for Lance? I know from talking to other people with austistic children that the therapy at Beaumont and other places is NOT covered by insurance. It is difficult to have a child with disabilities and not be able to afford the therapy that he needs. In Michigan, Medicare should be available to Lance if you get him on SSI.
    I am sure that you will succeed in your quest to save your home for your family- banks don’t want your house- they should work with you through Lighthouse, now.
    Keep in touch-

  23. Dude
    December 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    It is sad for the family. Hope they will get some help soon.

  24. Samanatha
    December 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I’m just throwing thoughts. Is it possible to file medical bankruptcy and be able to keep the house??

  25. Hershey
    December 6, 2008 at 4:45 am

    What about applying for Medicaid, Judy? It’s not the same as Medicare. Since your hubby lost his job, depending on what the total income is and how people are in the family, you might be accepted. It’s done through your local DSS office (Dept of Social Services.. the ol’ welfare office). If you are accepted, make sure you submit all your past medical bills as Medicaid will cover past bills.

  26. Judy
    December 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Read Barb s message thats excatly true . In Michigan was not great . Oh I did Apply for Medicaid it fail many parent of autism children go through same me . The problem is income . So wait when Lance turn 18 yrs old he will get SSI because of blindness , not autism . Today Autism Issues still big problem in USA , now Congress working on it but it takes so long . Some of states maybe 4 or 5 their state accept for Medicaid for Autism treatment . It takes long for other states .
    We are on Newspaper today on Daily Tribune, my Mayor interview with them about us and explain whats going on . Yes it very confused for everyone to understand whats going on . But it will into online in couple days when it ready then I will paste to sent out !
    Some people asked us why we on media , I am laughing at them because ONCE you become celebrity no matter from Emmy Award to Tv Reality Star like us if there one word about new news on issues , it always on media I never ask them !!!!

  27. Judy
    December 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Again I did apply for Lance for SSI it turned down since … I know it so hard to explain .

  28. Judy
  29. December 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    It is very sad to see people lose their homes. I also have so many of my friends there loosened in jobs also. The worst part about it it will get worse before it gets better. At least some gas and oil prices came down. So people can heat their home

  30. Sharon DeVries
    December 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Hi I am Judy Vardons niece and to all you people think because you get a new house that life is great think again so they got a house to keep Lance safe. Can you imangine giving birt to a beatiful baby boy to only relize that by the age of 2 months that he is blind and the only hope is an cornea opperation by the way insurance does not cover. How many of you Parents out there would not do anything you could for your children not to mention the expense of living in california during the three operations NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE? I am a mother of a son with sensory intergration disorder which resemlbes autiusm and nothing in the area of autism or any of these illness are covered so if you want to offer you critizim to my family why not complain for these young children who suffer and are the real victims to our gov. or to congress. This family not only has to worry about lance after they are no longer able to care for him but for his well being. I Dont know of any parent that does not want a better life for there children some kids get new cars, cell phones, or even computers Lance GETS MEDICAL TREATMENT SO SOME DAY HE MAY BE ABLE TO LIVE ON HIS OWN OR ON HIS OWN TERMS. I do not expect all people to understand this family we are unique and for some that may scare them so instead of all the critisim may be a pray and nothing said at all would be the the christian thing to do. I see that if most of us have compassion for humaning beings the world would be a better place if we all liked GOD CHILDREN and maybe we would not be such a hated nation. so my christmas prayer for any one who is strugling (most of the Nation) this year is hold on to your family and be kind to others and to use a little empathy because without it we are just screwed. Judy we are all proud of you for overcoming your own disabilitys and trying to do the best for your son. LOVE SHARON AND THE BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Barbara
    December 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Judy-
    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Did Stephan get to come home? Read the McComb Daily article- I don’t think the writer understood what is going on- but at least it gets your story out there!
    I don’t think that too many people will ever understand what it is like to have a child with disabilities- our children don’t ask to be born, but we as parents will do everything possible in order for our child to have a better life. Judy, I know that you are a good,kind,and caring person. I am pleased to have been a part of your life, even if it was for just an hour a day!
    Take care and keep the faith-
    You can overcome this hurdle, you are strong and there is light at the end of the tunnel!!


  32. Judy
    December 9, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Sharon , I always love you and I know u and I are at the same boat but have faith , lot people dont understand what both of us go through , they liked to be power but we have power experince that they dont have one like us what it like to raise our boys, 24 hours 364 days and struggle with this today society and health care . God know the truth . Let people say anything but they did not stop us Let pray for peace and touch this people . God bless you .

  33. Amy J.
    December 9, 2008 at 4:27 pm


    I truly hope that you and your family are able to stay in your home built by Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season. I hope that your husband’s job stays safe at Chrysler. I am a huge fan of Chrysler vehicles and I will always drive one (for as long as they are still making them)!

    I do not have children, but a close friend of mine has a 10 year old son with autism, so I understand the struggles that come with caring for a child with it. Hang in there. You are doing a wonderful job with Lance!

    Keep the faith! You seem like such a sweet family and I wish nothing but the best for you all in the future.

    Take care,
    ~Amy J., South Lyon, MI

  34. Scott H
  35. December 16, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I agree with Barb and Judy, who is the struggled to deal with her own son,Lance. I think many things I understand why they want to belongs to keep Lance to get treatment for blindness expense is not cheapest!

    Many varieities of disability people face difficult for their medical bills.

    Judy, Keep Touch with Barb and other for deaf people want to help you and keep track so Lance is really bright in some way. Correct? Autsim can be disappear from your house. You mentioned that Police brought him back twice time. with electronic where he was going? Lost. I don’t blame you for deal with his “Thin -Air while you were not able to hear where Lance went!

    Take care,

    Margaret Aka Deaf Pixie

  36. June 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I had got layoff, and I don’t have money in the bank. My wife lost bros and sisters, and help to put them to rest, How does go on?

  37. June 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I had got layoff, and I don’t have money in the bank. My wife lost bros and sisters, and help to put them to rest, How does one go on? It is so hard for aman to ask for help

  38. December 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Dear Judy,
    I just watched the show on your home makeover. I sincerely hope that you still have your home and that Larry found work. It is so sad that truly needy people like your family cannot get get help from the Government or the state. There are so many people that abuse the system and get away with it and when someone who really NEEDS the help, can not get it. You are truly an amazing family from what I’ve seen and read about this evening, and it is such a shame that in our country someone who works every day even though they have the disabilities that you family has, and cannot get help. I wish there was something I could to help, but I too have disabilities that make it where I cannot work but a day or two a week. My finances are just enough to get by to have a roof over my head and food in my belly and can stay out of elements. I have no insurance either, and can not get any help from the government. I do the best I can, as I know you do. I will continue to keep you in my prayers because I know God does perform miracles, my oldest son is 33 and was only three pounds when he was born. Very few babies born at 6 months in 1976 made it. The docs told me he probably would through the night when he was a couple of weeks old, to call a preacher. I called our pastor, he got the congregation together in the middle of the night, held an emergency prayer vigil all night long, and the next morning the docs told me he was completely out of the woods and after that, my son thrived with. The only thing he has from being born so early is asthma. So keep praying and I hope you are all doing ral well. I hope Stephen is still in college and that Lance is thriving. God Bless You ALL.
    Love, Donna in Florida.

  39. December 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Judy, you are an inspiration to me.
    Love, Donna

  40. Anonymous
    June 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Did it occur to anyone that MAYBE, just MAYBE, they should’t have incurred a debt they couldn’t pay? It doesn’t say WHY they can’t pay . . one of these families, they guy took out second and third mortgages on his free house to pay for his gambling habit . .are we supposed to feel bad for him too?

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