Shamrock Shuffle benefits Make a Wish Foundation

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Patrick's Day may be over but the green-themed activities are here to stay.

Saturday was the 6th annual Shamrock Shuffle in Kearney. Around 500 runners participated in the 5K and 10K races. They came decked out in green shirts and tutus. Some even dressed as leprechauns.

The purpose of the event was much bigger than dressing up and going for a jog, though.

All of the proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation. Each year enough money is raised to grant a local kid's wish. Funds from last year's race helped 7 year old Shaun Johnson meet Buzz Lightyear in person at Disney World.

Shaun and his mother participated in this year's race to show support for the Make a Wish Foundation. Being around so many uplifting individuals helps them stay positive.

"It's a breath of fresh air passing it forward. It feels great being part of such a wonderful group," said Anna Johnson, mother of Make a Wish recipient Shaun Johnson.

This big group of runners also included about 60 volunteers. Several Kearney businesses and organizations lended a helping hand by sponsoring the Shamrock Shuffle.

Event coordinators say the reason why people are so willing to give help out isn't just because of the fun and games.

They want to help Make a Wish in any way possible.