GARFIELD, N.J. — Garfield resident Andrej Mitev's need to help people extends well beyond the country's borders.
Mitev, 26, grew up in Macedonia before he came to Garfield in 2006. His hometown is where he turns his attention now as he tries to help a an ill 14-year-old boy.
Aleksandar Kalajdziev of Radovish, Macedonia was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer that affects his left eye, sinuses and nose.
When Mitev heard about Aleksandar's condition, he created an online fundraiser for the medical expenses. His GoFundMe page had raised more than $6,000 as of Wednesday.
Mitev does not know Aleksandar personally, but knows his family. Mitev took Aleksandar's grandfather's chemistry class and also met his father and uncle.
He still felt enough of a connection to be there for Aleksandar.
"I guess people try to help as much as they can," Mitev told Daily Voice.
Mitev, who received a degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University, works in project management.
Aleksandar underwent surgery to remove a tumor in early November and has remained hospitalized.
"He's still in Instanbul, but he was doing good last I heard," Mitev said. "From what they were saying his surgery was successful. He has a good chance to be cancer-free."
The incoming donations will go toward chemotherapy for Aleksandar, Mitev said.
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