Television's “Sweeps Week” will be huge for one Kingwood family on April 22, as Tanya Robinson and her 8-year-old daughter Amber watch “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” The two were recently given the opportunity to participate in ABC's popular television show to help build a home for injured Iraq veteran Gene Westbrook and his family. The network was originally going to air the episode on April 15, but because the story had so much of an impact, the network decided to move it to April 22. Westbrook completed his tour in Iraq, but volunteered to return to help train Iraqi soldiers when he was seriously injured. “The Iraqi soldiers he was training pulled him out and saved his life,” said Robinson. A year later, he and his family were involved in a terrible accident. He lost his short term memory and is now a triplegic. His youngest son, James, is paralyzed from the waist down. Westbrook attends church at Grace Fellowship Church in Lawton, Okla, where Robinson's father is a pastor. He and other members of the community have done repairs on Westbrook's 1,200 square-foot home in the past, but knew the family was in need of a new home. More than 27,000 people signed the petition that was send to ABC to apply to be one of the families featured in the hit program. The Tribune Newspapers originally reported this story on March 21. The article, titled "What makes a house a home?," can be found at The episode will air on April 22 on ABC. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Pictured is 8-year-old Amber Robinson with Ty Pennington, part of the design team on the popular television show.

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