The episode's unsuspecting parents, Kim and Dennis Collins, have given most of their time and energy to adopting the five children of Kim Collins’s cousin, who was killed in a car accident. The Collins’ teenage son, Mitchell, is also a brain cancer survivor; the recovery has left Mitchell severely hearing and mentally impaired.
“We have been given the opportunity to design and build a barn/shelter for the 4H animals that the family raises,” said Traci Sooter, assistant professor of architecture. The students were asked to help again because of the construction of the Barnabunk they completed on another Extreme Makeover build at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, Missouri, in 2005.
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