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The American Red Cross and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Change the Life of Arizona Teen
Date:3/18/2009

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" work tirelessly to change lives in communities nationwide. Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood, and for most of her young life, 14-year-old Lizzie Bell has depended on regular blood transfusions for survival. Lizzie and her mother, of Tucson, have made it their mission to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood donations.

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Friends in the Tucson area nominated the Bell family to receive a home makeover. In an episode just filmed, and slated for a March 22 release, the American Red Cross joined the hit reality show not only to change this family's life but to change the lives of thousands of others. As part of the show, the American Red Cross dedicated blood drives throughout the country in Lizzie's honor on Jan. 31, resulting in the donation of more than 11,000 pints of blood in 38 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. While the blood donated on that day did not go to Lizzie directly, it did help save the lives of thousands of patients.

"We were thrilled to join with the American Red Cross," said Diane Korman, senior producer of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "Its work helps patients such as those undergoing treatment for cancer, accident victims and premature babies -- and we were honored to take part as we made over the Bell family's home."

On average, 39,000 blood donations are needed each day across the United States to treat injuries and illnesses. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" chose Lizzie and her family to be the lucky recipients of a brand new home to honor the young hero and to shine a spotlight on the importance of ongoing blood donation.

The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" episode featuring Lizzie is scheduled to air SUNDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

About ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 6th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.


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