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PORTLAND What began as a small way to help a local soldier badly injured in Afghanistan is now reaching across the country.

Milwaukie High School grad Alexander Hussey, 20, suffered injuries in a bomb attack earlier this month. He lost part of both of his legs and is recovering in Germany.

Back here at home, his cousin Robert Kirk started creating bracelets to try and help pay for Hussey s recovery, as first reported by KGW news partner The Oregonian.

He s sacrificed himself for this country and that s something plenty of people wouldn t do, Kirk said.

He started selling Kirk s Paracords for $8 each and people as far away as Connecticut and Florida - total strangers - ordered 160 of them in just a few days time.

Kirk said he got the idea when he looked down at his arm and saw a bracelet his cousin gave him at a Blazers game just before deployment.

Click for more on Kirk's Paracords

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KGWReporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report

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