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Canton native CJ McCollum helps Ohio-based non-profit grant wish of injured Palestinian teen

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 19:49:46-05

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Ohio-based non-profit made a young Palestinian boy’s dream come true Saturday night in Portland.

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), based in Kent, Ohio, granted the wish of a 14-year-old boy named Thaer by sending him to the Portland Trail Blazers game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

Thaer was a victim of a bombing in Gaza in 2014. His mother and his siblings were killed in the bombing, and Thear lost a leg in the explosion. The 14-year-old is currently awaiting a prosthesis.

While at the game, several Trail Blazers players met with Thaer, signing his crutches and a game-official ball.

Canton native and Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum was one of the players that met with Thaer Saturday and shared .

The PCRF brought Thaer to the United States to help him get a prosthetic leg but gave him an extra special night Saturday at the game.

Founded in 1992, the PCRF was created to help Palestinian children in the Middle East come to the United States and Europe for medical care not available to them in their home country.