Marquis® has been around for nearly four decades, producing and engineering high quality hot tubs and swim spas for consumers all over the world. For almost half of the company’s history, they have had a relationship with Make-A-Wish®, a non-profit organization who works to grant the wishes of children all over the world who live with critical conditions.
The Marquis sponsorship of Make-A-Wish was inspired by 17-year-old Andrea’s wish in 2000 to have a hot tub in her backyard. The hot tub eased the physical distress from her chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Now, 18 years later and cancer-free, Andrea continues to enjoy her Marquis hot tub. Her wish inspired Marquis to help with similar wishes. So far, the sponsorship has generated more than $5 million in spa donations and discounts for Make-A-Wish.
Fast forward nearly two decades; hundreds of children and teens have had their wishes granted and been able to experience the benefits which hydrotherapy can provide. In addition to the many sensory and relaxation benefits, frequent time spent in warm water can soothe and aid with a plethora of conditions, such as insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, reducing blood pressure, injury, rehabilitation, and many more. And on Saturday, August 11, 2018 we celebrated our 800th wish!
For Wish kids, or anyone who suffers from chronic pain, water therapy can also dramatically ease pain in joints and muscles, and allow for more fluid body movement that might be possible in everyday life. This is the case for Louie, of Maplewood, Minnesota. The 11-year old tech-obsessed wish recipient has cerebral palsy (CP) and “is unable to bear weight in his core and leg muscles, because of this he is dependent on a wheelchair,” according to his mother Jeannette. She adds “Louie needs to have assistance in most of his activities of daily living.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes cerebral palsy as “a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain, and palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.”
This wish not only means a lot to Louie, but to his family as well. His mom said daily access to a hot tub will enable Louie to swim year round, while also helping with his muscle pain and improve his core strength. She says she’s most looking forward to being able to spend time together as a family. “We will be able to provide additional therapy at home for Louie that is fun and entertaining.”
Another partner helping with Louie’s wish are Larry and Cheryl Berczyk, owners and operators of Valley Pools and Spas, one of the many Marquis Dealers around the world making wishes come true. “It’s always an honor to help Make-A-Wish and Marquis provide a hot tub to a child and family, Larry says, “especially on this special occasion marking the 800th wish. It’s important to recognize the benefits of a hot tub to the child and family’s mental and physical well-being.”
In addition to the Berczyks, Louie was surrounded by family, friends, photographers, videographers, and personnel from the Minnesota chapter of Make-A-Wish, including CEO Mia Hoagberg. From corporate Make-A-Wish, Hannah Hatch and Katie Walsh were in attendance. Representing Marquis was Jim Johnston, VP of Marketing, and Jim Trine, Account Executive over the state of Minnesota. Decorated with rubber Luther Loons (Marquis’ mascot), balloons, and a banner, Louie received his Marquis Euphoria and celebrated with cake and a taco bar — not necessarily in that order. Congratulations Louie! Welcome to the Marquis family!