Mardela Springs Family Receives Once-in-a-Lifetime Door Knock

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' and the Fusion Cos. of Annapolis notify members of the Johnson-Goslee family that they have been selected for the show.

The latest Maryland family selected for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has now been notified and .

It happened Wednesday, when the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus pulled up to the Johnson-Goslee family home in Mardela Springs, MD, just outside of Salisbury. The family includes Sonora Gosley, her sister Patrice Gosley and Patrice's children, Wyzhir and Renee Johnson.     

Using his bullhorn, Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition called out to the family, who lives on a small street of modest homes.

Pennington was accompanied by his fellow cast members, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Ed Sanders and Johnny Littlefield.

According to a statement, issued by the Fusion Cos., Wyzhir was involved in an accident on Christmas Eve, 2010 when he was working with his grandfather to improve his home.

"The project that Wyzhir was leading was almost complete when his jacket became entangled with the teeth of the fast moving miter saw blades," the press release states. "Attempting to release himself, Wyzhir fell backwards, causing the saw to fall on him and ultimately [sever] his left hand. After weeks of care and countless surgeries, Wyzhir was informed that his hand could not be preserved."

The house has numerous issues, according to the release, including lack of a proper foundation and plumbing—there are no working toilets or showers. 

Additionally, the home's ceilings are reportedly "6-foot tall, 2-feet short of the standard height." 

Wes and Josh Sims, owners of the Fusion Cos., were also present for the door knock and they will now have 106 hours to demolish the family's existing home and build a dream house in its place.

Fusion will have some help with this 'extreme' task. For months leading up to Wednesday's door knock, officials from Fusion put out the call for help, seeking volunteers from around their home base of Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. 

Fusion has lined up "thousands" of volunteers, according to Kristin McMahon of Annapolis-based Chic PR, which is handling media relations for Fusion, but she said they still need more.

According to McMahon, other Annapolis companies helping on the build include Halpern Architects, Fast Signs, Rentals to Remember and Lotus Therapeutic Massage

More help, of course, comes from the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, though they will be filming in two locations at one time. 

"The other house is in New England," said McMahon. "They're staggered so that one won't start for two days roughly." 

The Johnson-Goslee family will be the sixth Maryland family to be featured on Extreme Makeover:Home Edition, which is now in its ninth season, according to Sarah Strid, director of communications for the show. Past Maryland locations include: Capitol Heights, Port Deposit, Poolesville and Baltimore.

Approximately 50 miles away from the Johnson-Goslee home is the Dunning family of Lewes, DE, who were notified in August that they were selected for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 

Work on the Dunning's home was being completed just as Hurricane Irene hit—it wasn't damaged, but work had to be suspended at one point, due to mandatory evacuations. 

The season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was televised this past Sunday. Filmed in North Carolina, it featured the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as well as Rihanna.  

Thus far, there's been no announcement of such star power on this build. 

During the build, the family will be going to Santa Barbara, CA, though they had not been informed of this at the time of our visit. 

The Johnson-Goslee family episode will be televised approximately six to eight weeks after filming ends. The 'Move that Bus' celebration is scheduled for Tuesday. 

Historic Annapolis Patch will update this article, as soon as we know the exact date the show will be aired. 

In the meantime, you can also follow the story on WMDT 47 News, the ABC affiliate in Salisbury.  

T.j. Barranger September 29, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Kudos as well to the Cochrans at Branches PSP for their tireless efforts in promoting and raising funds for this project.
Donna L. Cole September 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM
WMDT 47 reported today Wyzhir will not be going on vacation with his family. Instead, he will be assisting in building his family's home.
Rick Saffery October 01, 2011 at 07:22 AM
I couldn't help but notice that not a single mention was made in the article about Jennifer Cochran and BranchesPSP. Branches was a principal force in the outreach effort. The author wrote an otherwise nice human interest story sadly tainted by this needless oversight.
Mary McGuirt October 01, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Thank you all for your comments. The companies mentioned in the article were those supplied at the time of publication. It was not our intent to leave anyone out.


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