Marquis’ Grants 700th Wish with an ATV Swim Spa for Chase.
At approximately 18 months old, Chase was diagnosed with Mowat Wilson Syndrome, which affects his ability to learn and speak as well as impair physical functions. Chase didn’t walk until he was 2 and a half years old and even now doesn’t have a lot of strength in his legs making it difficult to walk. There is one place where Chase can play with his brother, Jake, without all of the restrictions from his illness – his very own Marquis Aquatic Training Vessel (ATV) swim spa.
On September 17, 2016, Chase received his very own ATV swim spa. Chase’s wish marks the 700th wish Marquis has helped to grant through its partnership with Make-A-Wish. The warming, therapeutic water of a swim spa is irresistible to eight-year-old Chase. As you can see by the laughter he shares with his brother – this is his favorite place to be!
The ATV-17 Sport is a new addition to the Marquis Product line and has been a very popular wish request in the last few years. The ATV swim spa allows children to be mobile and interact at eye level with their families.
“It’s incredibly rewarding that through our hot tubs and swim spas, we are able to add some happiness and improve the well-being of so many children with life-threatening medical conditions,” says John Schrenk President of Marquis.
As the preferred provider for Make-A-Wish spa wishes, Marquis has helped grant more than 700 life-changing wishes since 2000.
“Marquis is making a difference in Chase’s life by helping to grant his spa wish,” said Cheryl Unger, Director of Program Services of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. “This will help Chase and his family enjoy hours and hours of quality time together at home.”
The sponsorship 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, 16 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 nearly 4.5 million in spa donations and discounts for Make-A-Wish. Marquis dealers nationwide are involved in granting wishes.