Pittsburgh firefighter battling ALS appears on 'Ellen'

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PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh firefighter battling ALS appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday, sharing his inspirational story with the country.
 
The show featuring Matt Onyshko and his wife, Jessica, was taped in Los Angeles Thursday.
 
During the taping, Onyshko got a big surprise.  Firefighters from his firehouse and their families showed their support for him by joining Ellen via satellite.  A couple firefighters were on the set with Onyshko, too.
 
The group has helped the family renovate its home to accommodate Onyshko’s wheelchair.  They’ve even donated their sick and vacation time so he can still be paid.
 
“Guys would work five extra shifts, anytime possible,” said firefighter Bill Frisco.

Later in the segment, Onyshko and his family were given $50,000 to assist with his care.  There is also a GoFundMe.com page where anyone can make a donation to help the Onyshko's. CLICK HERE.

When asked what the family would do with the money, the answer was it will first be used on a necessity.
 
“A bed.  Something as simple as a bed.  The one that lifts up and down is a necessity.  That’s No. 1,” said Onyshko’s wife.
 
Onyshko has been a Pittsburgh firefighter for 8 years, and he has been diagnosed with ALS for 7 years.  
 
Channel 11 News was with Onyshko, his family and friends this past August when a group of people participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his honor.

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