Friday, February 27, 2009

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Gives Parents of Preemie a New Home

ABC's hit television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will focus this Sunday's 8 p.m. (ET) episode on a March of Dimes volunteer family from outside Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, whose child was born prematurely and whose home was later destroyed by a flood.

The Augustin family of Keller, Texas, was selected because they are dedicated to helping other families with premature babies and because they are active volunteers for the March of Dimes.

Amber and Peter Augustin's son, Lane, was born severely premature in 2004. Two years later, on Father's Day, a flood destroyed their home as well as Amber's beloved photography studio.

Lane, now 4-years-old, still must overcome the challenges of his early birth trauma and on-going health challenges.

Despite their adversities, the Augustins have raised thousands of dollars to support March of Dimes research and other programs to help prevent and treat premature birth.

"My dream is to raise national awareness that premature birth is a serious and growing problem," says Peter. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition not only gave us a new home, but is helping more moms have healthy, full-term babies by highlighting the March for Babies this year."

Farmers Insurance, a national sponsor the March for Babies, provided insurance for the new home for one year at no cost to the family.

The program will air on ABC, Sunday, March 1, 8-9 p.m. (ET).

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