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Tears Flow As Furniture Arrives For 9/11 Volunteer Battling Cancer

One day Nick Ursta's wife is on a shopping spree to furnish their dream home, the next everything gets delivered. Now they're almost ready to move in!


The kindness of strangers continues to amaze me. If you've been following Nick and Margaret Ursta's journey with us here at Sparkt you know that it's taken a small army of volunteers and generous people over the past year. Now things are coming together for the Ursta's dream home. They're almost ready to move in.

Nick and Margaret Ursta during a story update with Marty Griffin (right) in April 2019.

Nick is continuing to battle cancer that was caused by exposure at the Ground Zero site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

Today, October 22nd, marked huge progress in getting Nick and Margaret into their home in Versailles Borough, near McKeesport, PA. Just yesterday I joined Margaret at the Pleasant Hills Levin Furniture store where she went on quite a shopping spree that began thanks to an anonymous donor and then the store stepped in big time to help out. Check it out in this first video:

While Margaret was picking out items for the home, including the recliner pictured below that she was eyeing up for her husband of 25 years, Levin's PA Regional Manager, Ken Coury pulled me aside with some stunning news. They were not only picking up the additional cost, Ken setup a special delivery to make sure everything would be delivered as quickly as possible.

While shopping at Levin Furniture, Margaret Ursta finds just the right recliner for her husband, Nick.

Less than 24 hours after Margaret picked out everything for their living room, bedroom, and dining room, the Levin's truck arrived with two special delivery guys. Here's a look at some of their hard work and Margaret's reaction:

The rest of this week volunteers are literally hammering away at the final details in the Ursta home, finishing the trim and baseboards. Then comes the appliance delivery and installation and finishing up the sinks and faucet installation. It's a lot of little things that are coming together. Margaret's goal is to get Nick in by Monday night to enjoy watching the Steelers on TV from his new recliner... together in their dream home.

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.
  • Dan Horhut and his crew from Horthut Tree Experts cleaned up the piles and piles of debris from the trees and shrubbery that was removed from the yard.
  • Pat Molyneaux and his team at Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood for taking care of the carpeting throughout the home.
  • Levin Furniture and an anonymous donor provided furnishings for the home: living room, dining room, and bedroom.

Talk about a "rush delivery", the Levin truck arrived by 9:30am the very next day.

Our apologies if we're missing anyone who has helped get the Ursta's dream home ready along the way.

Follow the Ursta's Journey on Sparkt (Newest to Oldest below):

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