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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New effort to help the Chief

Friends of Gerry Frierdich are making a push today to get the ABC reality show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" to consider redoing Gerry's Belleville home as part of the show.

Gerry was paralyzed from the chest down in August 2007 when a pickup truck struck his recumbent bicycle on South Green Mount Road in Belleville. Friends of Gerry are putting on a benefit ride on June 1 in Belleville, The Gerry Frierdich Road to Recovery Bicycle Ride, and other events to raise money for future medical care and other necessities.

Here's the note I received today from Sandy Gore, one of Gerry's friends who is working extremely hard to raise money for him:
We (Sandy and her husband, Bud) received a call this morning that a casting person from Extreme Makeover Home Edition is in St. Louis today. She will be on KMOX during the Mark Reardon Show. Her interview is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. I have confirmed this information with the station.) From what I understand, Extreme Makeover is looking to do a show in the St. Louisarea for someone who may need help. ...

If you have a chance to listen to the show, please do so. If you can call in and refer Gerry Frierdich (aka Chief), please do so! Bud and I submitted an application to the show in late January, but maybe this is Chief's chance to stand out to get help. Extreme Makeover receives thousands of applications every year. There are a lot of folks out there who need help. Possibly if they hear Chief's name enough from callers, it'll spark an interest in his story and they would help him. ...
(UPDATE: The correct address to send nominations for Extreme Makeover is extremestl@gmail.com.)

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