Refaai Hamo is a Syrian refugee who recently resettled in Michigan. Three years ago, a missile struck his home and killed seven of his family members, including his wife and his daughter. He was working construction when the missile hit, which he did at nights to pay for college. With his other daughter and his son, Hamo moved to Turkey, where he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but couldn't afford treatment.
Hamo's story of unimaginable hardship and resilience was shared on the popular photo blog Humans of New York, where it inspired thousands, including President Obama. POTUS even left a comment on the Facebook post.