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Heroic Girl Meets Sports Stars at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Episode of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

posted on October 9th, 2011 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

For a truly inspiring story, be sure to tune in to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” this Sunday. Many of the families featured on the show vacation at Walt Disney World Resort during the construction of their new homes. For one special nine-year-old, her dream trip was more than she ever expected.

Anaiah Rucker is an amazing youngster who saved her five-year-old sister this past February when she pushed her from the path of an oncoming truck. Anaiah was struck and endured amputation of her left leg. Now wheelchair-bound, Anaiah still enjoys playing sports and singing in the chorus.

When Anaiah and the Rucker family visited ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, they were surprised by Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard and Katie Holloway, an amputee who played college basketball and was on the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team. The two joined Anaiah in playing wheelchair basketball at the Complex. Check out this sneak preview of Anaiah’s story and make sure to catch the full show Sunday, October 9, from 8-9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Colleen from TX on October 9th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

It is wonderful that she is able to witness first hand and spend time with those that have paved a new path for her generation. She is such a courageous girl, I know she will be able to achieve her goals. We live in an amazing time, instead of limiting those with set backs, we are enabling them to succeed. Thanks for sharing her story with us.


Anne on October 12th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Wonderful indeed!!