Deaf parents of a disabled boy face losing their dream home.
But their dream house could soon become a mere memory, as the couple fears their 980-square-foot house will face foreclosure. The Vardons were featured in a two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" which set a ratings record for the show when it aired on November 6, 2004.
Since Lance likes to let himself out of the house in the middle of the night, the "Extreme Makeover" team had installed video cameras, visual and tactile signals, GPS tracking devices and keypad access to the entire house to monitor Lance. And they made changes in floor plans to create a more open environment so the family could visually communicate.
• The Vardon's monthly mortgage payments have nearly doubled from $1,200 to $2,300 since the show, and their medical insurance doesn't cover dental and other therapies for Lance.
"I'm afraid I'm going to lose my house now," Judy Vardon said using sign language through an interpreter. "This house really belongs to Lance. This is his environment. He can't speak out for himself, and I hope we can save this house."
• The Vardons are working with a nonprofit group that helps families in crisis negotiate a lower mortgage rate.
• Despite their worries, the Vardons remain grateful to "Extreme Makeover" for making their lives safer for Lance.
• "We're a close family that loves each other," Judy Vardon said. "I feel that I was given this life to show others that you can face these challenges."