An Inspiring Teenager With Cystic Fibrosis Receives a Home Renovation | George to the Rescue

hi I'm Tara hi I'm John and we are in our home in Island Park New York we live here in this house with my son John JJ he's 17 and my son Ciaran he's 14 we're here in Island Park New York where the Byrne family has lived for the last 14 years and they are proud members of this active beach community he's a great guy John takes care of my family he loves our boys and it's a great help to me Tara is a great mother she is over the top taking care of JJ and Ciaran the work she does here in the community she was a PTA president she's on the school board she can't say no that's the problem on top of everything she does she still does what any other mother would do and then some between the doctor's visits and hospital stage I don't know how she does it JJ was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at seven years old blockage in his lungs regularly affects his breathing digestion and immune system as a whole first was like a little bit disbelief it took me a while to kind of really grasp and understand what he was up against the hardest part with cystic fibrosis is the medication in the daily treatment routine I had to wake up at all hours in the morning to do the treatment so I get out on time I have to stay up late it's hard for him you know back and forth to the doctor and the hospital and medications and missing school it's pretty much a daily struggle but John gets a call like even just the common cold it's really bad for him because his lungs fill up with fluid that's the borderline to go into the hospital some ramps he can't be around a dusty environment he can't be around an environment where there's you have chemicals of vapors his room we always have to make sure his room is just us three as possible little things like that make it a little tough and around the house yes sometimes good job JJ he never wants anyone to think that cystic fibrosis actually defines him he works very hard at bringing awareness to cystic fibrosis in JJ's heart of hearts he truly believes that he's gonna help find a cure for cystic fibrosis that is the most important thing to him JJ is a pillar here in Island Park his passion for raising cystic fibrosis awareness and getting involved in local government is second to none John Scoles when he was a young age always wanted to be president always be president and all the kids used to call him mr. president and once he was old enough and he was able to run for student council everybody got to know him in town and it may have made him assistant aide to the mayor I love our community I find it very important to be civic minded I work with the mayor here in the village hall I also volunteer my time with the church it gets hectic but you know what it's all for the community and it's worth it a lady made this for me it's a flag team shenanigan team shenanigans is JJ's cystic fibrosis fundraising group the birds are incredibly committed to setting up annual walks and meetups our number one goal for team shenanigans is to raise awareness because if you don't raise a way I see don't raise funds I do a lot of work in the village hall but I also do a lot of work here at home and do basically right now you cannot get anything accomplished in there we always wanted to make the front room of our house a little more livable and usable you're more like an extension to the living room but we never had a place for like to put shoes or coats you have paperwork everywhere the desk is ridiculous is small just a mess the burns need a more welcoming and inspiring area for a team that gives back to his community every day I would like the front room to be you know to hug the tip shenanigans and all the work we do in the community right now family time is almost non-existent because of my work hours in my schedule I just think it would bring us all together George we need your help to make our lives easier that's challenging it's always gonna be challenging both to try to make it the best we possibly can I really be so so I'm looking forward to doing a rescue for you guys I want the mayor to come here being that JJ is so involved in the community here in Highland Park it only made sense that we use the local contractor and designer to help the family out and who better than George rescue alumni husband-and-wife team Frank and Rosa I'm sure you guys have seen thousand houses like this or familiar with this style house right now it's kind of like a makeshift office slash catch-all so I think the first thing we would do is get rid of the carpet so we have a smooth surface for his breathing and then over here we definitely need some storage for all of his fundraising he has his t-shirts here I'm thinking what change some of these moldings to make it match the inside of the house maybe make it a little more office like this is gonna be like a civic outpost coming from the office of JJ Byrne there's some some great things that we can do here come on Rose I've seen your design I know what you can do so I'm just excited to come along for the ride frança Rose have some great ideas for this office and everyone knows JJ and team Shannon against definitely need it but I got another trick up my sleeve I think we can do something for the family as a whole and I think I know exactly what that is JJ and the entire Byrne family do so much to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis and doing the front room for them that's a no-brainer but what they really need is a space where they can gather where they can be together and it seems like their kitchen has been totally neglected well it's not for that to change let's give this family a kitchen just immediately first reactions to this kitchen I mean it's a little tight and cozy so I think that we have to rip everything out we want to address the ceiling issue because it looks like there's a water condition if something's leaking so pull everything down to the raw studs and then we're talking about taking this wall out so it gives them more open feeling that you would get more maybe natural light from the other dining room so we want to take everything down because we want to get in there and make sure there's no issues with mold we want to make sure that there's no issues with pipes that are leaking now no wire issues so we want to get into it get back to the basics and find out what we can do if there's any issue is to make it right so you can see one of the big issues with the cabinet's as they were all this here – they're wasting space kitchens just coming apart look at one-handed do we stop Mouse to rip out because JJ is dealing with cystic fibrosis it makes keeping the house clean so much more important and I bet they don't even know the dangers that are present with the hole in the ceiling in this old fan in the kitchen who knows what's up in that ceiling there could be mold there could be mildew there to be rot but we can't take that chance so Frank you weren't kidding this was a mess the ceiling as you can see exactly as we feared this is all rotted out George to the rescue was sponsored in part by 3m for more information about 3m products or to find a retailer near you go to 3m so Frank you weren't kidding this this was a mess as you can see exactly as you feared this is all rotted out we'll get over the flawed insulation out here that's kind of even hazardous to his health yeah we'll start from scratch we re insulated and then it'll all just be cleaner clean fresh start your house is only as good as what you got in the walls that's why we have diversified plumbing and ethanol electric helping us out so Frank now that everything in this kitchen is gutted and Plumbing's been rerouted all the electrics been run I don't know this seems like it's a load-bearing wall it is so you'll see that the beams are resting on this wall now so we are ready to take down the wall we have demoed the kitchen but to do that we got to make sure that the whole house is supported and I mean the whole second floor and the first floor so if we're to cut this down we could get basically the whole second floor to come down on top of us well wouldn't happened all at once it would start cracking doors might not work bathroom tile my pop so we're gonna avoid that by putting temporary walls up on both sides [Applause] the wall came down like butter and now we just gotta get this place cleaned up put in our micro lamp take down the temporary walls and we'll be ready to put in our new floors [Applause] Roseline new floors we're gonna be an issue that's why I got Ryan here from Empire today nice to meet you tackle that right away the area that we're doing first is gonna be the office right so I don't know what what are you thinking I was thinking a laminate I was thinking something dark rich well you know when you think of Empire you think of traditional wood floors you have your solid and your engineered hardwoods but laminate is a perfect option because it's budget-friendly thanks to printing technology comes in a realistic wood look color grain gonna be durable and it's gonna last in that room but when do we need it right now immediately well that's the great thing about Empire today if we have your product in stock it can be installed as soon as next day perfect check that off the list so if Empire is able to come in take care of everything soup to nuts and get it here next day would it be too much to ask for another room I see your remodel in the kitchen so we have some options for that as well obviously you have your luxury vinyl plank this is the product not a lot of people know about you can use it anywhere your kitchens your bathrooms your basement thanks to the cork backing you're getting a waterproof feature so it's gonna be water resistant stain resistant but I have a product not a lot of people associate with the wood look and we're talking about wood look tile and I think tile is best in the kitchen if you can do it you should go tile yes you're getting the moisture resistant stain resistant it's extremely durable if you take care of it it will last you for decades I love this stuff it is the hottest flooring trend out there right now what do you want – I was thinking tile and I would love to do the wood look I think that would look fabulous with the cabinet's and I think it would be really beneficial for JJ to have tile in the kitchen well we definitely have our work cut out for us well actually Empire has their work out for them because you guys have to rip out and install two floors ASAP that's not gonna be a problem because we have the product in stock and it can be installed as soon as next day sentiment work from Long Beach delivering everything right into the front door JSI cabinets we'll get a mole off the truck and we'll be ready to install small ones big ones doesn't matter I guess I'll take smaller man I mean so countertop design is here today in store in the kitchen this is antibacterial it is stain resistant mold resistant this is the right product for this kitchen Stephanie I rather have some awesome product for you today the faucet in the sink came from Ferguson we did a beautiful burnished brass to make it really pop in that great kitchen and we match the hardware to it that is gorgeous to Puri tile marble our installing the backsplash which is petals from siena tile in merica ah yeah I am so glad that symmetry closets is here to bring some balance to the rescue and I'm really glad that we're here too because today we're going to provide a fantastic laundry room crown molding sheikha doors we're getting a beautiful Hardware lots of storage and it's gonna have lots of style Franken rows have everything under control at the house so I've come down here to village hall in Island Park to meet up with the mayor so I can find out a little bit about what JJ does on a daily basis hey hey George how's it going there good sir how are you I'm doing great I'm doing great George is gonna make the cut he's got a lot to do before five o'clock this afternoon because as JJ I'll tell you there are no tomorrow's everything's got to be done now first thing he's got to do is provide me with a summary from each and every case this cat in the tree yeah that's me an alphabetical order I'm sorry yeah mayor's up no JJ is not here I didn't mean hang up on you ma'am I'm sorry can somebody tell me who I hello laughs turns out I'm not very good at JJ's job I think this is rescuing that are served with me back at the house ah man George rescue is sponsored in part by Empire today Empire makes getting beautiful new floors easy Construction is done in the laundry room of the kitchen and the office now it's time to add some energy to this place with roses design right now we got the 3m Scotch boot painters tape this is the orange because it is for walls and wood floors is also really good on trim it's got edge lock technology so I'm getting super sharp paint lines not only was the burns kitchen out-of-date their appliances were definitely not up to snuff so we sent a pack in and home appliance has arrived today with brand new Frigidaire refrigerator stove microwave and dishwasher like a glove like a glove all right here we go like air traffic control but for appliances you knew it was a family affair from the get-go by having husband and wife Frank and Rosie but then in comes Frank's brothers James Tom and then his dad the patriarch the man the myth legend Frank senior all right what's that Frank jr. lunch lunch Abbey Parkside nursery back on Georgia rescue I'm feeling a fall vibe coming from back Chevy we have some beautiful stuff for you today give me the name of this variegated Halle Berry Gator huh it's a holly jolly rescue all right we're like a second ago Scott was in here from the complete window now you got Tom from T Michaels and his gang bringing all the furniture this is a just movement of shakin on the rescue right now this is amazing Rose I can already see JJ looking out over Island Park getting things done right here for team shenanigans cystic fibrosis awareness and also just for the town as a whole this is command central command's yeah JJ is very traditional he loves that New England look so I figured we would do something that looked like maybe Nantucket that's where we got the blue and the walnut color top the idea that Rose came up with is that because she's bringing that nautical theme into the design she wants to hang this ridiculously cool wooden swing now the question is how do we get it hung up I know you already put the screws in the ceiling now we have to actually get it to hang and I understand that you are a master not tire Boy Scout sailor what have you who there's a lot of knocks out there anyone who's nautical knows that there's a the lovers knot the braid not the Zeppelin Bend we need four knots we got for us we got for us lamps plus hooked us up on all levels in the kitchen in JJ's office what I really like is the desk lamp that JJ got like the globes logos up here yep that's where the gloom goes it was so nice to do this project especially for somebody like JJ who give so much of himself to everyone for all of us to come together and do this for him was really special I can't wait to see their reaction I know I'm gonna cry before you tackle that next paint project make sure you have the proper tape to protect your surface and get great results the first time check out Scotch boots full line of painters tape to tackle any project to learn more about Scotch blues products or find a retailer near you go to scotch blue calm you guys wanna see what we get yeah come on wait Wow the front room used to be a clutter room a catch-all now it's it's beautiful couldn't believe it I didn't imagine it to ever look like that the work and the pictures of us and and JJ's desk DeLonge it he loved it I could tell right away when he walked in he was almost crying he couldn't believe it looked like this he said I can't believe this is our front room this is what we always wanted for this room but never knew what to do with it Rose did a fabulous job with the nautical feel and how everything has a place storage it's clean it's neat it's an open exciting he actually has a name plate that says John Joseph Byrne and I know whenever we lose that the first thing is gonna do so you can put that nameplate on that desk the reason we became is because of JJ and because of just who he is what he represents you guys know this as his parents as his brother who we wanted to do something for the family as a hold so we felt your kitchen and a little love to long ago Oh Jarrid thickened kitchen look like when I walked into the kitchen I'm shocked I couldn't believe how amazing it looked I couldn't leave that George the rescue did this for us I can't believe this is our kitchen yeah I cannot believe this is our kitchen it's the more space I also feel like I'm in a different home right now we had no idea that that was gonna be part of the project and it was just it's just an amazing feeling and a big relief to not have that worry on us anymore of how we're going to upgrade our kitchen oh love the colors oh it's beautiful JJ I notice the cabinet's the color I also notice an Oracle lighting it just fits into the theme that you know we love that JJ loves that I'm working microwave appliances are always better when they work they just take up space if they're not I love the floor I love everything be wife happy life that's great you can't imagine what they're gonna do to your home when you're not in it and then when you come back and you see what George and his crew did I love it they say I love it I love it this is one of those rescues were in the town of Island Park you don't have to introduce the family in any way shaver forever because if you don't know a little bird family as a whole you know who JJ is and you know what team shenanigans is all about it was a great honor to be able to come in here and do this office and do this kitchen and launch a room for the Byrne family with you guys so thank you for always being here supporters JJ and his family epitomizes what it means to be Island Parkers I for one am incredibly proud to be associated with them and to call JJ not only the assistance of the mayor but my dear friend thank you Mike this experience has you know showed me how much my community does support me does back me and how important it is to continue doing work in the community and we'll grab a park forward and for you sir out here we think it's wonderful that you with us and we're proud that you're here very proud thank you [Applause]

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