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.
MY STORY: http://imgur.com/gallery/8mZD8
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: http://www.pcrf.net/. For information about the Raleigh chapter of PCRF, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PCRFRaleigh.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
|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!|