Edward Norton Helps Raise Nearly $400K for Syrian Refugee Family

The family, a scientist and his son and daughter, are headed for Troy, Michigan.

— -- After being "moved to tears" by the story of a Syrian refugee who lost his wife and daughter in a deadly attack, actor Edward Norton is spearheading a fundraiser that has already raised nearly half a million dollars.

The on-line campaign to help the man and his remaining family members resettle in Troy, Michigan, has already raised $392,000, with more money still pouring in.

Stanton shared the story last Tuesday of the unnamed man, who said he worked as a scientist in Syria before the attack, which killed 16, including seven of his family members. He left Syria with his surviving son and daughter and went to Turkey, where he said he was unable to work without a residence permit and could barely pay his rent.

He also learned that he had stomach cancer but could not afford medical treatment.

After learning that he would be going to Troy, the man said he still hoped to make "a difference in the world" with several of his inventions. "I just want to get back to work," he said on the blog. "I want to be a person again. I don’t want the world to think I’m over. I’m still here."