Nearly 600 runners decked out in green hit the streets of Kearney Saturday for the 2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle. But besides just running for fun, they were also helping out a local family.
"To have the entire community of Kearney supporting everything with her has been wonderful and amazing," said Catherine Sherbenaut, whose daughter Keiya was the star of the race.
The proceeds of the Shamrock Shuffle helped the local Make-A-Wish chapter grant a fairy tale wish to nine-year-old Keiya Sherbenaut, who wanted to meet the Disney princesses.
"She is just a hoot. I call her the crazy wheelchair driver in our hallway, and she gets speeding tickets sometimes. She's always got a smile on her face and whenever you see her in the hallway she says hi," said Keiya's former teacher Ranotta Nordhuse.
"She's always been happy. She's been the happiest kid since birth, even going through all the surgeries and everything that she's been through. She still continues to smile about everything," said Keiya's mother Catherine.
Keiya showed off an extra big smile Saturday when she saw her own Snow White dress and heard about her upcoming trip to Disney World.
"Oh it's wonderful. She's just such a deserving little girl. She's just wonderful. Her and her family just deserve it so much," Nordhuse said.
Keiya suffers from a disorder that leaves her wheelchair bound, so her teachers and friends decided to dress up as princesses and run for her.
"When we realized her wish was to go to Disney and be a princess, we decided that as a staff and friends at Central Elementary, we would dress up as princesses and join her for the run," said Teresa Schnoor, Keiya's principal.
It's a show of support that her family said they're grateful for.
"It's been amazing. They said they had a few that were coming out, but i never expected it would be as many as what came," said Catherine.
Keiya and her family will be headed to Disney World in June.