Drive-In Memories: Jasmine’s Make-A-Wish Sweet 16

Jasmine Martinez of Wauconda was a princess for a day, complete with a gown the color of Cinderella blue. Her glittering tiara was proof that dreams came true as she celebrated her “Super Sweet 16” on June 8 with friends and loved ones at Glencoe Fields Infiniti.

Jasmine, who turned 16 on May 5, is diagnosed with lupus, a life-threatening autoimmune disease. Her party was made possible by Make-A-Wish Illinois and by those who championed her wish request. Generous donors stepped up and wish granter Richard Oleff of Deerfield, also of Fields Infiniti, was beaming 20 minutes into her party.

“I’m excited to be involved in Jasmine’s wish and so happy that we could host her Sweet 16 party and make her wish come true,” he said. “We couldn’t have done it without generous sponsors, and Jasmine looks beautiful and happy, and she’s having a great time.”

Oleff and Andy Peterson of Highwood banded together with business support to make sure Jasmine received star treatment such as a makeover, including a manicure and pedicure, and a catered party complete with a candy station.

“The only thing on my mind is making sure Jasmine has a good time,” Peterson said as the party started.

Jasmine’s lupus diagnosis came in 2010 when she started having challenges maintaining her energy while playing competitive soccer.

Her condition, now stable, has her being tested every six months.

Jasmine was shy around the media and cameras.

“Thank you so much for doing this,” Jasmine whispered in her message to wish granters.

Visit www.illinois.wish.org.

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