AMAZING 12 Year-Old-Boy Runs to Raise Money for Injured and Fallen First Responders

Wake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ronald Waller was shot twice while executing an eviction notice at the River Birch Apartments in Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 2. Deputy Waller, a 20-year-veteran, was released from the hospital on July 7, over a month after the shooting, according to Fox 8.

After hearing about Deputy Waller’s story, Zechariah Cartledge knew his charity could do something to help Waller recover from his ordeal.

The 12-year-old marathon runner started running for First Responders when he was 8-years-old. When Zechariah was 10-years-old, he started his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Running 4 Heroes. 

He used his athletic ability to help raise funds to support our heroes. Zechariah said on the charity’s website, “These families sacrifice more than we will ever know. If I can bring even a little joy back into their lives, it is worth it all. They are the reason I run.

Through Running 4 Heroes, Zechariah is presenting Deputy Ronald Waller a $10,000 grant after sustaining two gunshot wounds while in the line of duty. His father, Chad Cartledge, who acts as the President & CEO of Running 4 Heroes, released a statement to the Tatum Report saying, “The grants are funded through generous supporters of our son’s 501(c)(3).”

Mr. Cartledge said that their charity doesn’t have many “corporate sponsors” to speak of and that “nearly 100% of the funds [Running 4 Heroes] raises comes from online supporters.” A list of the few corporate sponsors they do have can be found on the website.

Deputy Waller is benefiting from the Running 4 Heroes’ ‘Injured First Responder Grant Program.’ The grant program says, “Each month, we will donate a minimum of $10,000 to a First Responder Injured in the Line of Duty. In 2020, we awarded over $85,000 in Grants and will award no less than $120,000 in 2021.”

Rain or shine, Zechariah Cartledge runs for these heroes, hoping he can inspire more youth to support those who defend our safety. His upcoming races include Remembering the Fallen 5k in Upstate New York. Zechariah will also be running a mile for both of the San Diego Officers killed two months ago.

Please follow the link if you would like to donate to Running 4 Heroes to keep Zechariah running. According to the non-profit’s donation page: “All proceeds go towards the mission of Running 4 Heroes, including purchasing and delivering the flags to the families of our First Responders. Another amazing way Running 4 Heroes utilizes your gracious donations is by providing financial relief to injured First Responders and their families. Your donation is tax-deductible, and you can rest assured that you are helping a family at one of the most difficult times in their life.”


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