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Final Push Begins To Finish Ursta Home

The clock is ticking to get Nick and Margaret's home finished as he battles cancer. We HAVE to get it done in the next two weeks and we may need your help.


Folks, this update is not an easy one to share. Frankly, it hurts. Nick Ursta isn't getting better. We've known this for some time but it still sucks. We have to get this house finished and we will get it done in the next two weeks.

I just visited Nick and Margaret to see what's left to be done and I was joined by two of the amazing men that have been helping get us there:

I asked Michael Jacobs from Marvista Kitchen and Bath to walk through the house with me as we compiled a list of what needs to be finished so we can get Nick and Margaret moved in soon.

Michael Jacobs walks through Ursta home with Marty Griffin, noting what needs to be done.

It's amazing how far things have come along at Nick and Margaret Ursta's home just outside McKeesport, PA. When we first introduced you to them, Nick was getting sicker as he battled through mesothelioma. Doctors say that cancer formed as a direct result of his work as a first responder after the September 11, 2011 terror attack in New York City.

Nick and Margaret Ursta wait for an update from Nick's doctors at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Following our walk-through at the house, I was able to go to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center with Nick and Margaret where they were getting an update on Nick's condition. To say it's not easy is an understatement. The pain Nick is in is unrelenting and the pain meds are not keeping up.

While we're working on the final pieces to get the Urstas into their home, we'll keep you updated on the progress as things move forward.

Special thanks to:

  • TUDI Mechanical Systems: They installed a brand new furnace and donated the entire system as part of their Heat For The Needy program.
  • Kevin Anglum and Tony Napolitano: These retired contractors have done the walls and ceilings drywall and sheet rock with additional volunteer assistance from the Carpenters and Joiners Union .
  • Maury Burgwin, President of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce : Burgwin is working with area businesses on materials and labor.
  • Anonymous: A mystery man paid for the roofing job installed by Nicolella Roofing .
  • Matt Mertz Plumbing : They have done a complete job of running all of the plumbing and making sure it's all up to code. It took a week of work and they didn't ask for a penny.
  • Michael Jacobs, President and Owner of Marvista Kitchen and Bath . Jacobs' team is working on the dream kitchen and bathrooms for Nick and Margaret.
  • 84 Lumber has donated the siding and materials to finish the exterior of the Ursta home.
  • Richard Garland and his volunteers from The Blessing Board are taking care of the labor, installing siding on all sides of the Ursta home.

Our apologies if we're missing anyone, but you get the picture of the small army that's coming together to help the Ursta's get their dream home finished. We're going to make sure that it gets done as Nick continues to fight the good fight with his cancer.

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