Fundraiser brings in more than $8,000 for Iraq refugee

Tri-City HeraldJune 23, 2014 

A yard sale and online auction over the weekend to benefit Mushtaq Jihad of Richland brought in about $8,200 -- more than enough to help the Iraqi refugee purchase a new prosthetic leg.

About $22,000 was needed altogether, and previous fundraising efforts brought in more than $14,000.

Jihad, 42, came to the U.S. as a refugee about six years ago, after being targeted by a militia group in his home country. He lost his right leg and his infant son in a bomb blast set by the group.

Then last year he was hit with another blow. He was diagnosed with leukemia.

He is persevering through cancer treatment and has the goal of getting back to work to support his wife and four young daughters. He's in need to a quality prosthetic leg to help with that goal.

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