TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa was busy building Thursday. A stage went up at Curtis Hixon Park and crews broke ground at a property near MacDill Air Force Base.
Both projects focused on one man's future.
Sgt. Mike Nicholson lost both legs and his left arm two years ago in Afghanistan. The Marine admits, the idea of life as a triple amputee was daunting.
But then, two national foundations that serve wounded veterans chose him to receive a "smart home," Gary Sinise's foundation and Tunnels to Towers, a group that started in New York City after 9/11.
The home will have counters and cabinets that adjust to his height, all controlled by iPad or smartphone.
"It took such a weight off my chest and weight off my shoulders that, thinking about life without it, it wouldn't do them justice," Sgt. Nicholson said. "It can't come fast enough, pretty much. It looks great and I'm really excited to move in."
About a week ago, though, we found out the home might be in jeopardy. The Gary Sinise concert planned to pay for construction costs only sold 400 of the 4,000 tickets.
So, we asked viewers to tell their friends, and they did. Facebook pages pushed sales.
Kitchens, Baths and More, which donated the cabinetry for the home, is offering a 10% discount if customers bring in a ticket stub .
The effort by Tampa Bay residents has doubled sales each day. So much so, organizers don't even know how many they've sold for Friday's event.
"So, to Mike, this is our pleasure, and to all of you that made this happen, thank you," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
For more information and ticket sales, visit www.supportmikenicholson.com .
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