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Island Water Sports was able to team up with ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover in helping the Gibb’s family from West Union, Iowa.Audrey Gibbs is a mother, a widow, a farm owner and a maternal optimist who won’t let anything stop her from raising her six children, not even her blindness and her battle with a potentially fatal condition.Seven months after her husband died, Audrey had a brain aneurism that affected a quarter of her brain–leaving her legally blind. The doctors cannot say if she is going to lose her sight completely or even if she is going to live or die.Audrey’s six kids are an eclectic crew. Josh, 20, loves motorcycles. Nathan, 18, wants to own his own farm. Thomas, 18, loves to tear anything mechanical apart. Jessica, 16, would like to be a physical therapist. Nicole, 14, is big into surfing though she’s never tried it before. Daniel, 13, is the youngest and most active of all the Gibbs kids.
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http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition/photo-details/gibbs-family/907530/911008The Gibbs Family was awesome to hang out with. All the kids were super chilled and thankful for the opportunity they had been given. IWS took the family on a huge shopping spree, helping all of them pick out the gear they needed to be ready for a Florida vacation. Before they arrived non of the Gibbs family had ever seen the ocean, so being able to share that experience with them was awesome. We had been informed that one of the Gibbs daughters, Nicole had always wanted to learn how to surf. knowing this, Cheyne and Linsey Cottrell, owners at IWS were stoked to take her and the whole family out for a surfing lesson on Deerfield Beach. They all had a great time, all stood up and all definitely got the stoke that only comes from riding your first wave.All in all it was an awesome day with the Gibbs family. Surf, Stoke and changing lives. All in a days work.

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You can check out the episode here http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition/episode-detail/gibbs-family/907530