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Home gets an extreme makeover for Spring family with life-threatening illness

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Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Princess room
Young Raylee Berger, 4, is overwhelmed to see her new princess room. Brothers Aiden, left, and Joshua, along with Michelle Tsatsaronis, cheer for Raylee from the doorway. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Princess room
The princess room. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Limo arrival
The Berger family arrives by limo for an Extreme Makeover-style reveal May 8 to see their newly renovated home. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Crowd
A crowd of well wishers cheer as the Berger family receives thousands of dollars worth of gift cards and items before touring their home.  Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Michelle and Tom
Michelle Tsatsaronis with Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands and Tom Cox Jr., president of Gracepoint Homes. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise
Joshua Berger reacts after seeing his new bedroom for the first time. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Oldest boys' room
Houston Texans cheerleader Rachael Bates is all smiles in the newly renovated bedroom of Joshua and Aiden Berger, ages 9 and 8. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Oldest sons room
Kevin, the oldest son, loves his new Longhorn-themed bedroom. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Playground
Four of the five Berger children run to their new playground amid the cheers from employees with Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands, which renovated the home for Red Day, Keller Williams’ annual day of service. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Berger family
The Berger family, happy in their remodeled home. Photo by © Ted Washington
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Princess room
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Princess room
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Limo arrival
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Crowd
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Michelle and Tom
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Oldest boys' room
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Surprise Oldest sons room
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Playground
Gracepoint Homes and Keller Williams home renovation surprise May 2014 Berger family

What began as a play set provided by a local realty firm for its annual community service project turned into a entire remodeled house for a family with children still recovering from years of battling a life-threatening illness.

Meet Rhenee and Kevin Berger, three of whose five children had been diagnosed with leukocyte adhesion deficiency, a rare disorder that leaves patients without a functioning immune system. The children are now healthy, thanks to bone marrow transplants from sibling donors; however, they will need yearly exams the rest of their lives.

 After moving out during the eight-day transformation, the family returned in a limo to see their remodeled home with $60,000 worth of renovations. 

“I found out about this amazing family through the Periwinkle Foundation, which sent my son to camp after his cancer diagnosis four years ago,” Michelle Tsatsaronis, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands, said in a press release. “I thought we could do something nice for the children as part of Keller Williams’ Red Day."

The realty group was just about to purchase the playground equipment when officials at Gracepoint Homes learned that the Bergers didn't have enough bedrooms for the children in their 2,800-square-foot home in Spring and pitched in on the project.

After moving out during the eight-day transformation, the family returned in a limo to see their remodeled home with $60,000 worth of renovations on Thursday. Raylee Berger, 4, was thrilled to find her bedroom outfitted for a princess — complete with a chandelier. Aiden, 8 and, Joshua, 9, were excited to see their bedroom, now with bunk beds and plenty of storage below, decorated in a Houston Texans theme on one side and Dallas Cowboys on the other.

Kevin, the oldest son at age 11, loves his new Longhorn-themed bedroom, and Zachary, 17 months, has a nautical-inspired nursery.

And in the back yard, the swing set that started the project in motion, gleamed in the sunlight as the kids raced outside to play.

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