Friends and families trekked across Peoria Saturday to participate in the I Spy A Wish event

EAST PEORIA - The Make A Wish Illinois foundation took over the Uftring Auto Group Mall's service garage Saturday to host a very special scavenger hunt around the Peoria area.

Stacy Borho founded the I Spy A Wish event. She says, "Make a wish Illinois is a place that grants wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions."

The Make A Wish foundation has been granting countless wishes since 1980. On Saturday, Make A Wish Illinois decided to raise money in a unique way.

"It's a driving scavenger hunt and participants find clues, take their clues and they find different stops around just like the firehouse here today," says Janet Bantzglavin.

The I Spy A Wish scavenger hunt started at the Uftring Auto Mall Group in East Peoria. Anyone who wanted to sign up for the event as a team could, and once the teams got their first clue, they were off to find 8 secret locations around Peoria and East Peoria.

Borho says, "just a very cool thing to have people of all ages come together, hop in a car, and meet make a wish kids along the way." Kids like Pete McNear, who has Tricuspid Atresia, a heart defect that only allows half of his heart to work.

Pete got his wish not too long ago, and it was a simple one. Pete McNear says all he wanted to do was go see Donald Duck in Mexico.

It's fundraisers like I Spy A Wish, that make it possible to fulfill kids dreams, just like Pete.

Pete’s mom, Daniele McNear says, "We're very appreciative of what they did, so we want to be able to give back and show support, and to raise knowledge about what make a wish is for."

The mission is simple, but important. Just being kids and forgetting about their worries, even if it’s only for a little while.

If you want to get involved with Make A Wish Illinois, you can go to the Make A Wish Illinois website by clicking here.


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