OAKLAND, N.J. — Neighbors, local officials and NBC representatives gathered outside the Oakland home of Donna Myhre on Thursday for the big reveal of her "George to The Rescue" renovations.
"We asked for a bathroom," said Myhre, 41, who was diagnosed with ALS four years ago. "Wait 'till you see what we got."
She will be able to control lights, temperature and more from an iPad, thanks to the program, which is scheduled to air her episode on Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
It all began when one of Myhre's friends slipped George a letter at a recent appearance that described her story. The networks' production team connected with Erik Parks, the principal of the Fieldstone Middle School where Myhre works as a 6th grade teacher.
After scouting out her Oakland home, George surprised the family with the news of the rescue.
The project’s main focus was creating a safer and more accessible bathroom for Myhre, who is wheelchair-bound, by removing the tub and creating a barrier-free shower.
What Myhre, her 3-year-old daughter and husband did not know, though, was that renovations to her kitchen and daughter's room were underway as well.
The lead contractor was Rob Tell of Clifton's "Intellebuild" and designer Tyler Wisler of South Orange's “Tyler Wisler Home."
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