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Big Hearts: Meet the family

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ROSSVILLE (WRCB) - Family biography via news release:

At just 9 years old, Patrick Sharrock from Rossville, Georgia, is a child who manages to inspire and uplift everyone he's around. His positive attitude is even more remarkable because he has a rare genetic condition, commonly known as brittle bone disease, where even the slightest bump could cause his bones to snap. In his short life, Patrick has already had 59 broken bones. The family's 50-year-old crumbling house is a major landmine for him. A severely sloping floor is just one of the challenges in the home that makes it unsafe for Patrick.

Despite the challenges, Patrick faces life with joy and humor. He tells jokes and keeps everyone around him laughing. Another of this energetic and lively youngster's pastimes, ironically, is that he loves to break dance. Patrick's parents, Michael and Cindy, share his can-do attitude and unbreakable spirit. Everything in their lives is geared to protect their son as best they can, including home-schooling to avoid playground injuries. They adjust their work schedules so one of them is always home with Patrick. But even that is filled with potential problems since Cindy is partially deaf and may not be able to hear Patrick if he should fall or hurt himself.

The Sharrocks have become an inspiration to other families with kids facing challenges. Patrick is a poster child for the local Shriners Hospitals for Children and speaks there often. He visits other kids battling illness and cheers them up with his jokes because he believes, "A hospital wouldn't be a happy place without laughter." He also speaks for an annual event at the Chattanooga Discovery Museum which teams "typical" kids with special needs kids to foster better understanding. Patrick and Cindy participate in storytime at their local library and the Sharrocks also take part each year in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk.

The Sharrocks will take a vacation to Walt Disney World. Meanwhile "EM: HE" design team leader Ty Pennington and designers Ed Sanders, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Eduardo Xol and Xzibit, local builder Vision Homes, and community volunteers will build the family a new home.

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