“Our goal is to bring hope, strength and joy to children at a time when they need it most. A scavenger hunt for the whole family including wish kids seemed like something that could capture the fun and excitement that wishes bring,” she said.
A driving scavenger hunt featuring area Wish Kids was born in the form of I Spy A Wish Team Adventure. I Spy A Wish is a driving scavenger hunt to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Illinois. The event was a success when it took off in 2012 and it is now in its third year. This year the committee’s goal is to raise $25,000 with your help! Each registered team will use clues to find sponsored stops in the Peoria area. Teams will take a photo at each location and meet area Make-A-Wish kids throughout the adventure. Teams made up of family members, friends, or even businesses or groups of coworkers are welcomed. This year, via the I Spy A Wish website, you can see which of your Facebook friends are participating, and you can create a team by connecting with participating friends and family members. Registration is found at www.ispyawish.com. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the event, you can also make an online donation on the registration page.
According to a 2011-2013 Wish Impact Study conducted by Make-A-Wish® America A wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses. When they are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.
Sean, age 5 of Washington is one of the wish kids who participated in last year’s clue stops. Sean is a polite and energetic four-year-old boy who lives with his parents in Washington, Illinois. He is shy at first but opens up with his funny personality after time. Sean loves the simple things in life such as stuffed animals, ice cream cones, and puffy Cheetos. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Bears, but his true heroes are Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. Shortly after birth, Sean was diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart condition. Sean relies on medication and monitored physical activity to maintain his health. Living with this condition has been difficult, but Sean knows he has the love and support of his family to keep him going. When asked if he could wish for anything, Sean wished to go to Disney World to meet his favorite characters Woody and Buzz. Last October, Sean and his family traveled to Florida where they stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a special resort designed especially for children with medical conditions. Some of Sean’s highlights from the trip were going to the Animal Kingdom and riding It’s A Small World. Although a few of the rides scared him, he had a smile on his face for the majority of the trip. The best part of the trip was a one-on-one visit with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Sean never knows what each day will bring him. His family enjoyed seeing him so happy the entire trip and now he has the most amazing memories to look back on.
Participants of I Spy A Wish will get to meet inspiring kids like Sean and help make more wishes come true!
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When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Advance registration is at www.ispyawish.com; Day of event registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Starts at Uftring Auto Mall East Peoria, 500 Fairlane Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611. A party, emceed by reporter Eugene Daniel of WMBD Channel 31 News, will wrap-up the event with various prizes awarded to team finishers.
Cost: $75 per team (2-6 members) per vehicle
How: Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 12,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members.