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ONLY ON 3: 3rd grader with big heard trying to help injured military

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A small boy, with a big heart. A third grader has organized a walk-a-thon to help raise money for injured troops. His mom says altruism is nothing new for this New Hanover County student.

“I really wanna help raise money for them, so they could feel better,” Jake Sullivan said.

Nine-year old Jake is more than a third grader at Castle Hayne Elementary School. He’s also the mastermind of an upcoming walk-a-thon. It’s something he learned about while reading a book.

“He was asking what that was about and decided he wanted to do one,” Jake’s mom Erin said.

Jake’s uncle is a retired Marine. The family tie and knowing how close we live to Camp Lejeune helped him decide who would benefit.

“I thought it would be a good idea, because a lot of Army, Marines have been wounded in battle,” Jake said. “Not just like 10 or 20, but millions of them, and I’m going to fill millions of hurts by helping the millions of people from the Semper Fi Fund.”

Erin Sullivan is proud of her son. He’s bringing attention and awareness to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps critically injured service members and their families, and he’s learning something valuable.

“This has been a great lesson, a great experience for my son not just to raise money for somebody else, but to do the project management piece and learn how to put it together,” Erin said.

Jake hopes to raise $1,000, but no matter the dollar amount he receives, the intent is the same.

“He’s done other things on a smaller level for people. It’s kinda in his nature to be generous, and he’s left one or two people a little choked up at his generosity,” Erin said.

The walk-a-thon will help kick off the Spring Fling Saturday at 2 p.m. at Castle Hayne Elementary.

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