From the Sheboygan Press:
A crew from the program rolled into town to build a new home for the Christine Koepke family of Dundee. Koepke, 41, mother of four, is the widow of Matt Koepke.
Matt Koepke died in August at the age of 41 from metastatic melanoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer.
The construction marathon begins at 8 a.m. Sunday when thousands of people charge the home, led by "Extreme Makeover" host Ty Pennington. The house is slated for demolition at noon Sunday and it will take a week to rebuild the home.
From the Journal Times' Racine Report:
At 8 a.m. Friday, the show’s representatives knocked on the door of the Koepke family in Dundee, about 15 miles north of West Bend. The family was devastated recently by the brain cancer death, on Aug. 21, of Matt Koepke, husband of Christine and father of four children.
According to the TV show’s producers, Koepke’s last wish was to take care of all their home’s needed repairs.
Instead, next Friday the family should be returning to their new, fully furnished, 4,500-square-foot home.
“It’s a great cause,” said Carpetland’s co-owner Dave Brown, “and one of those things when it’s all done, it’ll be a heck of an accomplishment.”
From the Fond Du Lac Reporter:
Rumors have been swirling since July that the popular
ABC show was considering the Koepkes for an extreme home makeover.
The work was originally scheduled for Sept. 6, but moved up to August when Matt Koepke’s condition took a turn for the worse.
Koepke died Aug. 24, prompting the show to postpone its construction schedule.
While he was confident the project would take place, Buechel said the show’s representatives said the project would be pulled at any time if media published anything about the project prior to today.