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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A third grader and his friends gave more than $600 to help wounded veterans today.

Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured and ill Marines. The nine-year-old and three of his friends walked a track around the playground to raise the money.

Jake said he’s thankful for the men and women who serve our country and glad he could help.

“I think they do a great job helping the wounds and the people that get hurt,” he said.

John Spring suffers from traumatic brain injury and PTSD. He gave Jake and the other boys special coins to thank and honor them for their help.

“We can’t thank them enough,” Spring said. “They have been awesome. They did this all on their own. We didn’t do anything for them, and they did this all for us, so we can’t thank them enough.”

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