NEW YORK — Edward Norton's latest endeavor has nothing to do with Hollywood or movie-making.
The Oscar-nominated actor has helped raise more than $400,000 for a Syrian family relocating to Michigan.
It's all because of the devastating story of a man "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton dubbed "The Scientist."
In seven posts on Facebook, the story recounts the life of the Syrian inventor who lost his wife and daughter in a missile strike. He then ended up in Turkey forced to take low paying odd jobs to support his surviving son and daughter. And then just recently he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
The heartbreaking story affected many, and even prompted response from the President.
But despite all that "The Scientist" has been through, he says he still determined to make a difference in the world.
After reading the story- Norton says he was moved to tears.
And so he created a Crowdrise campaign that has raised more than $405,000 that will go towards the family's new start and will help pay for medical bills.
In his message he wrote in part- "Let’s show that a country built by the energy and dreams of immigrants still believes in brave people who come here with hope for better life."