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Fixer Upper: Touchdown for a Family in Need

The Copp family's small Waco apartment doesn't meet their two sons' special needs. That's where star footballer Tim Tebow comes in: He asked Chip and Jo to join him and his charitable foundation in creating a home that will truly welcome those little boys. The Gaineses have a property in mind, but it isn't ADA-compliant...yet. "I feel like if we put our heads together, we might be able to figure out how to make this house work for this family," Chip said. Teamwork like this requires a lot of players, and the Fixer Upper team—and the Copp family—are in for some surprises.

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The Dream Team

The Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission is "to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need." Tim knows Chip and Joanna are just the teammates he needs to create an ADA-compliant home in Waco for the Copps. "We really believe this family [needs] us to come behind them to support them, to love them, and to have their back," Tim said.

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The Copp Family

Nine-year-old Calan and five-year-old Lawson have a life-threatening genetic condition that compromises their ability to stand and walk on their own, and both boys began using wheelchairs when they were very young. "A home with wheelchair accessibility would mean the world to us," their mother, Melissa, said. "We couldn’t be more grateful for what [Tim, Chip and Jo] are going to provide for the boys, to give them true independence in their home for the first time," their father, Jody, added.

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This 2,225-square-foot home was built in 1961 and currently has zero bedrooms and bathrooms—it’s been taken down to the studs and left that way. "From a structural standpoint, the shell, the roof, and the foundation couldn’t be better," Chip said. "The interior is literally like a blank canvas, which I think is going to work in our favor." Joanna plans to lighten up the top-heavy porte-cochere and add a poured-concrete circular drive, which will make the home’s front doors feel more like a main entrance (and less like a back porch).

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With its expansive new approach and a reimagined gable complete with a window, new shingles and a delicate shade of gray, the Copp family home is finally putting its best foot forward. Crisp new shutters harmonize with the roof, the front door and the new gable, and landscaping donated by local Waco businesses accents Joanna’s clever cosmetic changes.

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