Extreme Makeover Tackles Bullying

The show helps a family whose son committed suicide after being bullied at school

On Friday (Dec. 2), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will air an anti-bullying episode when the team of designers, including Michael Moloney, surprise the Walker family of Springfield, Mass. On April 6th, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life. For almost a year, the young man had told his mother about many painful incidents of kids bullying him at school.

Two years after the tragedy, the family has yet to be able to return to normal, but they have focused their energy on helping others by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying.

“It kind of puts everything into perspective, stories like the ones [the show] shares,” says Moloney, an active member of the LGBT community. “It’s a blessing for me to be able to shed light on causes I believe in, to have the opportunity to fight for things I believe in, and have such a great time while doing it.”

In addition to the makeover, the show also offers a surprise by the Kardashian sisters and a performance by Demi Lovato.

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