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ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Helps Family Coping with Primary Immunodeficiency Disease
Date:5/5/2009

The Cerdas are Active Volunteers for the Immune Deficiency Foundation

LAS VEGAS and TOWSON, Md., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Devastated by medical bills and a mold-ridden home that threatened their lives, Terri Cerda and her two young daughters, all three of whom are diagnosed with Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (CIDD), will be featured on the May 10 episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." CIDD is one of the most severe types of the more than 150 different primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD). In the U.S., there are approximately 250,000 people diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency disease and thousands more go undetected.

Because of her active role as a volunteer and advocate for the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), a national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education, and research, and her family's struggle with a severe form of PIDD, IDF will be featured on ABC's "A Better Community" Website in association with the Cerda Family episode. "A Better Community" will let viewers know how they can support IDF and make a difference in the lives of families who are affected by PIDD.

"I'm honored that our family was chosen to be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," said Cerda, who in addition to serving as teacher and caregiver for her two homebound daughters, is also founder of two nonprofit organizations: "Artful Hearts," which creates murals for organizations, clinics and foundations that operate to support other children fighting life threatening medical conditions, and the "National Homebound Children's Education Foundation," which brings together and advocates for families and children that are unable to attend school long term because of medical issues such as immune related disorders. "This new home allows my girls to play and just enjoy being kids! We'
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