Annual Race Sends Recovering Wood River Girl to Disney World
Hundreds of runners met in Kearney Saturday for an annual event making wishes come true.
Proceeds from the Shamrock Shuffle go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
At the third annual event, 6-year-old Lamya Luckey, of Wood River, learned she would be going to Disney World on her birthday.
What her parents thought was a sinus infection about a year ago turned out to be a brain tumor.
Lamya recently finished months of intense radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
"I think it's a lot and it's amazing," said Lamya of her wish come true.
She is the just the latest child this event, hosted by the YMCA, has helped.
"Three children now that they helped sponsor and we couldn't do our work without others, the other donors and the volunteers that help us out," said Hannah Stone, vice president of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Nebraska.
Stone said the program is a way for families to get a break from the financial and emotional strain of an illness.
"To have a reprieve from all of that, to be able to go somewhere together as a family is very special," she said.
"After everything that she's been through this year and at the end of it all we get something to look forward to," said Renee Luckey, Lamya's mother. "Lamya has had an amazing attitude throughout this entire journey but just knowing that that's at the end of our race, it's just amazing."
Lamya said she's looking forward to meeting Mickey, Toy Story characters and the princesses.
But, it wasn't the only wish she had granted.
Lamya asked for toys for kids at the Omaha hospital where she receives treatments. Donors delivered two car-loads full.
Luckey said that's just the kind of person her daughter is.
"It's everyone first and then it comes to her. She's not picky. She's an amazing little girl and she has smiled throughout this entire journey. She is my inspiration," she said.
Lamya, along with her mom, cousin and grandma, leave for Disney World in 10 days.