Hospice grants Peoria man's dream with Chiefs game

By Beau Ebenezer

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Passages Hospice of Illinois made another patient's dream come true Wednesday night, and this time, they did it at Dozer Park in Peoria.

Fred Backus, 71, made his first trip ever to a Peoria Chiefs game thanks in-part to Hospice.

Backus suffers from Parkinson's Disease along with complete blindness.

When asked what his ultimate dream was, he said to go to a baseball game, which he hasn't done for nearly 30 years.

"He's been asking me everyday when we are going," said Backus's daughter-in-law, Beth Pagel. "Then, today, as soon as the hospice aids got there, he's been on fire. He's been joking with us, laughing, and being silly. He's in like seventh-heaven right now. He is loving this."

"I've been a Cubs fan since I was 9 years old," said Backus. "It feels better, and I hate to say it. It feels better than Wrigley because the seats up in Wrigley are a little narrower. I'm a little bit wider."

Passages Hospice of Illinois is close to reaching their 100th dream.

To help them reach their goal you can donate at hospicedreams.org.

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