It doesn't always take a big organization or a big budget to make a big difference. A Columbia high school student and his family proved that again Saturday.

Spring Valley student Jack Stacy organized the inaugural Redbay 5k to support Carolina Sunshine for Children, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for South Carolina kids battling serious illnesses.

“The temperatures were cold, but the hearts were warm as we ran a 5k and raised over 9,000 dollars for children in our community,” Stacy said. “My family and I have supported this organization for years and we have had an amazing time helping to grant wishes.”

The idea for the 5k came after a planned gala fundraiser had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 150 participants joined in Saturday’s race (many in person, others virtually), with sponsors contributing to the fundraising.

Olly Otter, the official mascot for Kid's Day of Lexington, was on hand to cheer for the runners.

More information about Carolina Sunshine for Children is available at carolinasunshine.org.

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