Orange County Man Receives National Attention

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista
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March 4, 2005

An Orange County man is receiving national attention since Wednesday, March 2nd when CBS19 first aired his decision to sell an important part of history.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook."

That's how David Nicholson describes the days since we first aired his story about the decision to auction his American flag on Ebay.

"Sometimes David's on the cell phone talking to a reporter and I'm on the other phone, one of us is being interviewed, sometimes at the same time, " said Nicholson's wife Elisha.

Why so much hype? Because it's the flag that hung on a construction crane outside the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Diagnosed with kidney cancer, Nicholson decided the flag's sale could help pay the medical bills he can no longer afford.

"I want to secure a future for my daughter while I still can and donate a portion to renal cell cancer research," he said.

The flag received national attention back in 2002 when he found it working as an auctioneer. Offers then went all the way up to $100,000. Now that it's back in the spotlight, Nicholson says he isn't surprised.

"I believe in helping people and now they're all coming to my aid and that's what Americans are all about," he said.

The 10-day auction hit the Ebay website Friday, March 4th with a starting bid of $25,000.

Ironically, this symbol of those who suffered because of 9/11 is now helping someone else suffering.

"Good can come from anything that happens bad, I believe that," said Elisha.

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