Help Push Yousef Across the Finish Line by Aiding the Children of Palestine
The Palestine Children's Relief Fund
Help Push Yousef Across the Finish Line by Aiding the Children of Palestine
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My name is Yousef Abu-Salha. I am a first year medical student at UNC Chapel Hill. I am the brother of Yusor and Razan, brother inlaw of Deah Barakat, the victims of the Chapel Hill Shooting of last year. I am running the Tar Heel Ten Miler on April 23rd to raise money for medical relief to the under-privileged children of Palestine.

I started running distance about a year ago in honor of my late sister, Razan Abu-Salha, the runner in my family. She planned on running the RockNRoll Half Marathon of April 2015. Razan's life was cut short in the Chapel Hill Shooting of February 2015. In the wake of the tragedy, a bunch of her friends and I started the #Run4Zeze campaign, trained hard, and completed the 13.1 mile race. It was not easy to train for my first half marathon during immediate pain and grief, but I overcame and harnessed/channeled my emotion towards positivity. Razan kept me going and I was proud of the result (2 hours flat in only 6 weeks of training)! Since then, I have taken up running for charity as a hobby. Razan is my role model. She utilized her passions and talents towards charity in many ways, as did Deah and Yusor. May God have mercy on them.

This race will be the fifth race I take part in since last year. I want YOU to help ME raise money to serve the medical needs of the children of Palestine. This is non-political humanitarian aid to a very under-privileged population. I promise to MATCH the donations made for this cause MYSELF by organizing charity basketball tournaments this summer. Each dollar goes a very long way. Even if you can only give one or five dollars, please do! Charity is charity! There is great need for medical relief in Palestine. PCRF is a legitimate organization that delivers on the ground medical relief to Palestine and other populations of need, including Syrian children. PCRF is currently building the first ever Pediatric Cancer Center in Gaza! More about PCRF and tax exemption details below. 


ABOUT TP4PCRF - Raleigh Chapter

Where The Money Goes:
Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF) is a registered non-political, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to healing the wounds of war, occupation and poverty for children in the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, religion, race or gender. The amount fundraised will go towards 1) sending volunteer teams of surgeons and other medical personnel to treat patients and train professionals at local hospitals in the Middle East, 2) providing specialized medical care for sick and injured children in the Middle East by arranging cost-free treatment for them abroad*, 3) establishing and maintaining humanitarian aid projects--some of which have been summer camps, building a hospital, distributing food, milk, winter clothes, shoes, wheelchairs and eye glasses, installing hearing aids, etc. For more information on PCRF, please visit: For information about the Raleigh chapter of PCRF, please visit:
The children thank you for your time and contribution! 

*Since 1991, PCRF has sent over 1000 children abroad for cost-free care that is not available to them in their home country.

If you'd like to join the team you can email to get started!

Name Date Amount Comments
Paul Siemering 06/21/2016 $100.00 Hi Yousef Razan, Yusor and Deah will live in my heart, as in millions of others, forever. They are beautiful angels, and they are also the most eloquent answer i can give to anyone who says anything bad about muslims. and thank you so much for doing this.
Suffiyah Hussain 05/30/2016 $10.00  
Rashid Sheikh 05/15/2016 $300.00 Will pray for success of the project
Jennifer Xie 05/12/2016 $5.00 I hope this isn't too late! I was very moved by your Reddit post. Good luck!
Anonymous Friend 05/10/2016 $20.00  
Mohammad Abu-Salha 05/07/2016 $400.00 Keep up the good work.
Anonymous Friend 05/05/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/27/2016 $100.00  
Nicole Molinaro 04/23/2016 $20.00  
Karina Paci 04/22/2016 $10.00 Such a beautiful message and inspiration to us all
Anonymous Friend 04/22/2016 $20.00  
Randa Zoubairi 04/22/2016 $100.00 Beyond proud of you, Yous and I know Yusor, Deah and Razan would be too. Thanks for being such an amazing friend
Zeydan Swelam 04/22/2016 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/22/2016 $30.00 You got this Yous!! So proud and so inspired
Anonymous Friend 04/22/2016 $10.00 Good luck bro! May Allah reward you for such a great initiative!
Mohammad Abu-Salha 04/17/2016 $100.00 From Dr. Sheikh
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2016 $20.00 You are an inspiration, I know your sister is so proud!
Anonymous Friend 04/14/2016 $15.00 "A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~Buddha
Anonymous Friend 04/12/2016 $50.00  
Liz Goodman 04/12/2016 $25.00  
Lindsey Bobst 04/10/2016 $10.00  
Maria Mc Cuen 04/09/2016 $25.00  
Mohammad Aijaz 04/09/2016 $100.00 Keep rising!
Anonymous Friend 04/09/2016 $25.00 I cannot change the loss you've suffered, but I can help you change the future for someone else. May Allah give you comfort and the joy of eventually seeing them again.
Anonymous Friend 04/09/2016 $8.00  
Hanan Abdeen 04/09/2016 $20.00 Stay strong and finish the race strong !!!
Anonymous Friend 04/09/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/09/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/09/2016 $30.00  
Majed Al-Ghandour 04/08/2016 $50.00 Yousef: May Allah bless you and your family with strength Ameen.
Naimul Huq 04/08/2016 $500.00 Thank you for turning this loss into a message of hope.
Anonymous Friend 04/08/2016 $10.00  
Olivia Davis 04/07/2016 $50.00  
Shahina Ahmed 04/06/2016 $60.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/06/2016 $10.00 Reading about Yusor, Razan and Deah's charity work has inspired me to go full throttle with mine this past year! It's a great thing you are doing Yousef! May Allah reward you InshaAllah. And May Allah bless and have mercy on Yusor, Razan and Deah InshaAllah.
Steve Sosebee 04/05/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/05/2016 $20.00 From Europe. I was so sorry to hear about this tragedy and am happy to get a chance to contribute something constructive now. We all have to put in our best efforts to make this world a safe place of peace. Thank you for doing your part in spite of all the pain you must feel.
John Lung'aho 04/05/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/05/2016 $10.00 Inshallah they are resting in peace.
Jamal Odeh 04/04/2016 $100.00 So proud of you Yousef habibi
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2016 $50.00 Beautiful story - glad to help :)
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2016 $25.00  
Terry Vandermaas 04/03/2016 $20.00 Yosef, I am Cooper & Alex Vandermaas-Peeler's grandmother. They have talked to me about the shooting of your sisters, whom they both knew. I am horrified and saddened by your losses( and that of your brother-in-law also). My donation is to honor the memory of all of them, but especially Razan, because of your run in the Tar Heel Ten Miler on April 23; for the cause of serving the medical needs of the children of Palestine. God bless you and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams!
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2016 $15.00  
Tony Brown 04/03/2016 $5.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2016 $100.00  
Megan Bettilyon 04/03/2016 $10.00  
Andrew Towle 04/03/2016 $10.00 Peace and goodwill. Thank you for taking action for such a cause. Keep up the good running. :)
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $20.00 May Allah continue to heal you through such an incredible cause.
Ahmad Quqa 04/02/2016 $50.00 Thank you for doing this and for the great inspiration.May Allah bless you and your family my friend.
Sara Abu-Zayed 04/02/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $15.00 May God alleviate the suffering of people everywhere.
Lauren Moore 04/02/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $100.00  
Hatem Tagel-Din 04/02/2016 $100.00 Jazakom Allah Khayran
Megan Cassella 04/02/2016 $10.00 This is beautiful - thank you for giving us the opportunity to help and support. Good luck!
Alaa Saleh 04/02/2016 $20.00 May Allah reward you for your efforts. Inna lilahi wa ina ilayhi raji3un
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2016 $20.00  
Kowther Qashou 04/02/2016 $20.00  
Harsha Hardhagari 04/01/2016 $250.00 You are an inspiration!
Dana Elhertani 04/01/2016 $20.00 Thanks for doing this!
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $500.00 Our lives have been forever touched by the legacy of Our Three Winners. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many throughout the tragedy and pain you have gone through.
Rahaf Khatib 04/01/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $20.00  
Vaughn Johnson 04/01/2016 $50.00  
Albina Khaoutieva 04/01/2016 $20.00 May Allah bless you and your family with strength, patience and perseverance in everything. The winners Deah, Yusor and Razan must be watching you with a big smile. Keep up the great work, may Allah make everything easy on your path. Ameen
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $25.00  
Asmaa Mourad 04/01/2016 $50.00  
Sameh Asal 04/01/2016 $25.00 I am so proud of my friend, Youssef Abu-Salaha, and am impressed with the great values of faithfulness and hope he is representing.
Travis Mason 04/01/2016 $25.00 May your feet never fail your heart.
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $20.00  
Ashley Garst 04/01/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/01/2016 $80.00  
Mudassir Tanveer 04/01/2016 $40.00 May Allah reward you for the efforts and helps you to complete the noble cause. Ameen
Aaron Adams 03/31/2016 $10.00  
Nicole Vellucci 03/31/2016 $25.00  
Sabah Abbasi 03/31/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $50.00  
Samuel Brock 03/31/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $50.00 Love you brotha
Abigail Lantz 03/31/2016 $50.00 I can't imagine your grief. You are an incredible human being, and an inspiration through your peace. #goheels
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $25.00  
Amy McDowell 03/31/2016 $5.00  
Nour Ebid 03/31/2016 $15.00 I see your beautiful family in my sisters every day, and still remember standing in silence with them at my school's vigil last year. Wishing you the best of luck in all that you hope to achieve.
Tim-Hong Hoe 03/31/2016 $20.00 I am so sorry for your loss but it is inspiring that you are channelling this tragedy into something positive. I wish you all the best for you run and hope you continue your great deeds. With love from the UK
Rebekkah Cote 03/31/2016 $200.00 My heart goes out to you. Bless you for sharing your healing energy.
Sameh & Maha Mobarek /Ali 03/31/2016 $1,000.00 ASalaamualaykum Yousef, Good luck in the race and may Allah swt reward you for your efforts in this life and the next.
Hannah Sears 03/31/2016 $20.00  
Omar Ali 03/31/2016 $50.00  
Jenna Sawafta 03/31/2016 $20.00 Good luck! See ya on race day! We got this! #RunforZeze
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $20.00 You are a strong young man and we applaud you for all your efforts. Razan will never be forgotten.
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $30.00 We've never met, but you and your parents have taught me more about our faith than anyone else over the past year. May Allah bless you, your siblings, your families, and Palestine -- and I hope you crush this race!
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $30.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $50.00  
Nawwaf Lutfi Said 03/31/2016 $700.00 We're all very proud of you.
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $40.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $10.00 People like you make the world a better place.
Amanda Quintieri 03/31/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $30.00 I pray our three winners rest in peace and attain Jannah easily; I know they will InshaAllah.
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $5.00 You and your family are in our prayers.
Anonymous Friend 03/31/2016 $20.00 Many blessings to you for your work and for the children you serve.
Jaclyn Javurek 03/31/2016 $20.00 I am so vey sorry for your loss. You are an inspiration and such a beautiful person. You give me faith in the world and the future.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Alexandra Monroy 03/30/2016 $50.00 Thanks for doing this. Courage.
Mark Conrad 03/30/2016 $10.00 Stay Strong and Keep Running
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Christina Clark 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Marae Gerard 03/30/2016 $5.00 My thoughts are with you! Run fast run far!
Nicholas Morfing 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Youp Van Sande 03/30/2016 $10.00 Wonderful cause and unbelieveably beautiful way to honor your siblings
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00 I was horrified at what happened to your family which should not happen in Chapel Hill or anywhere in the world. Thanks to you for doing something positive to remember your sister.
Zakiyah Williams 03/30/2016 $10.00 Good luck!
Kirstin Russ 03/30/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $15.00 You are an inspiration.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Jessica Thompson 03/30/2016 $10.00 Yousef, you are doing such a wonderful job carrying on the memory of your sisters. As a fellow Tar Heel, I never thought this sort of thing would happen on MY campus and it hit me very hard- I can only imagine the pain you have felt but I am so impressed with you how you have turned this tragedy into something good. My condolences.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Cheyenne & Andrew Scown-Mackay 03/30/2016 $20.00 Sending you love, support and gratitude xx
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Kris Loates 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $50.00 Good luck Yousef
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00 I am currently going through a tough time in my life, but your drive and perseverance and love for your family have inspired me. May Allah bless you in every moment and in every way.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Abubakr Ziaullah 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $50.00  
Tara Regimand 03/30/2016 $50.00 So proud of you for everything you do and the positivity you exude. My heart hurts for your family. Thank you for being a light in our community. Good luck in the race. You are going to do great!!
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00 I pray for you guys always, may Allah accept this from me on your behalf, and provide for you guys a shield of protection and a ticket to Jannah! Ameen x
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $29.00 Good luck! :)
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anisa Naz 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Nikki Rana 03/30/2016 $25.00 Yousef, my sweet brother, may #OurThreeWinners always be an inspiration to us all. May Allah continue to guide you in all your endeavors. Ameen
Aisha Shoman 03/30/2016 $200.00 Dear Yousef May Allah bless your work, and give you all the support to achieve your goal Dr. Hisham Mohamed and family
R Irfan 03/30/2016 $50.00 Best of luck on the race! May Allah SWT continue to grant you and your family strength.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Christoph Stutts 03/30/2016 $50.00 Honored to help and so proud of you. -Mr. Stutts (Christoph)
Mazen Khusayem 03/30/2016 $30.00  
Devin Nelson 03/30/2016 $30.00 NC is my home. The Tarheels are my team. Chapel Hill is my heart and my family's heart. We were shattered and angry when the shootings happened. I am still angry. Living all the way in Texas I've wanted to be able to do more and I thank you so much for doing this. You are an incredible and beautiful soul and I wish you all the strength and success in this endeavor. I hope that your heart may heal with the support of strangers.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00 Thank you for turning grief into action. My hometown of Chapel Hill mourns with you.
Molly Eriksson 03/30/2016 $50.00 Love you Yous! Run like the wind bullseye!
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Lana Chiad 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Thomas Daubert 03/30/2016 $15.00  
Stephen Page 03/30/2016 $25.00 Good Luck, it is absolutely beautiful what you are doing!
Mariam Hussain 03/30/2016 $25.00 I continue to be in awe of how your families have dealt with such a devastating tragedy. Stay strong, we're all with you.
Ismail Suayah 03/30/2016 $50.00  
Colleen Daly 03/30/2016 $10.00 I am so sorry for your loss and amazed at the impact your family has on the Chapel Hill and Global Community.
Mitchell Brown 03/30/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $30.00 Yousef, God bless you and the memory of your beautiful and service/Allah-oriented siblings. I am in awe of your strength, peace, and dedication to their memory and love. Great cause- run far and fast and God bless.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $100.00  
Afshan Rashid 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00 As a fellow medical student and hopeful pediatrician, I am in honor of your courage. Your work is one step in the long road we walk on the pathway to recognizing we are all one. We need to care for our needy children, and I am happy to support you in this journey. Best of luck- know you are making a difference!
Saddi Basnet 03/30/2016 $50.00  
Elizabeth Keys-stanfield 03/30/2016 $20.00 Good Luck
Yasser Mosa 03/30/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $5.00  
Lesley Worth 03/30/2016 $100.00 Yousef, you are such an inspiration! You continue to give to others despite the tragedy of losing your siblings. My thoughts are with you and your family always. Good luck training! - Lesley Siggins (Worth)
Wahida Abaza 03/30/2016 $100.00 Proud of you Yousef. May Allah give you peace and may you one day be reunited in jannatul firdos with your sisters and brother in law. Our three winners <3
Rania Hassan 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00 Best of luck!
Tim Bentley 03/30/2016 $7.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Kyle Kolski 03/30/2016 $50.00 Peace and love to you and your family and to the many children in Palestine harmed by war. I hope you reach this goal and any such goals in the future!
Anita Logan 03/30/2016 $50.00 May God bless you
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Sarah Kailani 03/30/2016 $25.00 Good luck Yousef. Allah ma3ak :)
Deana Solaiman 03/30/2016 $100.00 May God bless and guide you and your family now and always, inshaallah...
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Swastina Shrestha 03/30/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $25.00  
Sara Awad 03/30/2016 $200.00 This is an amazing thing you're doing. Keep it up insha Allah. May Allah keep you and your family patient and strong always, Ameen.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $10.00 I read Razan's brother's story on Imgur - I am so sorry for your loss, Yusef, and so sad that hate crimes like this happen.
Anonymous Friend 03/30/2016 $50.00  
Rhiannon McGuan 03/30/2016 $20.00  
Waleed Elhentaty 03/30/2016 $100.00 May God bless the souls of our winners
Mateen Akhtar 03/29/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 Good luck!
Ross Vedder 03/29/2016 $10.00 Run strong, brother!
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Christopher Graham 03/29/2016 $25.00 Peace be unto you.
Amy Moffat 03/29/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 Peace to you.
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Melissa Paton 03/29/2016 $20.00 Our country is not meant to thrive on the values of hate or bigotry. You and your family deserved better than what we can offer. Please accept this donation in memory of your lovely sister <3
Abby Reed 03/29/2016 $5.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 So proud of you
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $20.00  
Mandy Pope 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $20.00 I wish you and your family peace in every way.
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 I'm so sorry for your loss. Keep hope and love in your heart.
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 Bless you and your family. Your strength and resilience is inspiring. So very sorry for your loss.
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $100.00  
Hollie Shelton 03/29/2016 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 It is great to see you turning tragedy into something positive for others. You are inspirational. Keep running!
Catherine Radosevich 03/29/2016 $50.00 Sent with love and respect.
Anonymous Friend 03/29/2016 $10.00 I never had the honor of meeting your sisters or Dean, but from all counts I've heard and read they were amazing people. Your imgur post was incredible, and I think it's amazing what you are doing. The ability to take an act of hate and turn it into an act of humanity is not only amazing but seems to reflect perfectly the lives that you are honoring. Fellow UNC Alum, David
Bilal Agha 03/28/2016 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/28/2016 $50.00 We are proud of you. Keep up the good work all the way to the finish line. JAK and the great parents you have.
Nadine Sbaih 03/28/2016 $40.00  
Atef Zaghloul 03/27/2016 $100.00  
Billy Jones 03/27/2016 $100.00  
Namee Barakat 03/27/2016 $500.00  
Doha Hindi 03/27/2016 $25.00  
Hasan Baloch 03/27/2016 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/27/2016 $10.00 May Allah reward your efforts and bring an end to the plight of the Palestinian people.
Hashem Wafa 03/26/2016 $100.00 May Allah bless you for All your efforts, Ameen!
  Total $11,714.00  
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