Yard sale fundraiser for refugee now battling cancer under way in Richland

A yard sale fundraiser to benefit Mushtaq Jihad of Richland is going on from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

It’s in the parking lot of the Children’s Developmental Center, 1549 Georgia St. SE, Richland.

Columbia Center Rotary members are organizing the event.

An online auction with higher-value items also is under way. Go to www.biddingforgood.com/sarc to check out the items.

The yard sale features live entertainment from acts including Blackjack, Tri-Cities Jhankaar, Adventure Dirt Team, Tom Gnoza and Vibe.

Jihad came to the U.S. from Iraq as a refugee about six years ago, after being kidnapped by a militia group in his home country and targeted for retaliation after he pursued them in court. He lost his right leg and his infant son in a bomb blast. Last year, he was diagnosed with leukemia.

The yard sale and auction are aimed at raising the rest of the money needed to buy Jihad a quality prosthetic leg to help him with the goal of getting back to work to support his family. He and his wife, Adela, have four young daughters.

For more on Jihad or to make a donation, go to www. youcaring.com/mushtaq2.