"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to surprise the Walker family with the door knock that can change lives.
On April 6, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Walker took his own life, forever changing the Walker family. For almost a year Carl had told his mother, Sirdeaner Walker, about the many incidents of kids bullying him at school. The family still hasn't been able to return to normal after Carl's death, but they have focused their energies on helping others. They has turned this tragic event into something positive by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying.
The Walker house was a living memory of the most horrific night in any family's life. The 3rd floor was where Carl Walker took his own life. As a result, the family could not bear the sadness of being on that floor. The "EM: HE" team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the Walker family, a new facility that would meet their current needs and also honor Carl in a positive way.
The Walker family was whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood, where they were greeted by Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Khloï¿½ Kardashian Odom. The Kardashian sisters hosted an Anti Bullying Rally in support of the Walker family and enlisted the help of their friend, Demi Lovato, who performed for the crowd. The event was sponsored by Sears. Back in Massachusetts, teen sensation Cody Simpson performed, and enlisted hundreds of teens to join him in a Stand Together March to stop bullying.
Ty Pennington and "EM: HE" designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris, John Littlefield and local builders N. Riley Construction, Inc., as well as community volunteers, helped build the new home and brought together organizations in support of the episode theme to Stand Together in the fight against bullying.