Marquis Grants 800th Hot Tub Wish

Wish Kid Finds Relief in Soothing Water of Marquis Hot Tub

Marquis® and Make-A-Wish® partner to grant 800th wish

Maplewood, Minnesota. (August 11, 2018)– The bubbly, warm water of a hot tub is irresistible to 11-year-old Louie. The massaging jets and soothing water are therapeutic for treating his cerebral palsy. It is for these reasons and many others that Louie used his one wish for a hot tub of his very own. Courtesy of Make-A-Wishâand with the help of Marquisâ and Valley Pools and Spas, Louie’s wish will be granted on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Before being adopted, Louie’s parents were aware of the “unique needs and challenges” he would face, but are grateful for the opportunity to share their story with others. Jeannette, Louie’s mother says, “The wish gives us the ability to be together [as a family] and enjoy ourselves. We will be able to provide additional therapy at home for Louie that is fun and entertaining.”

Larry and Cheryl Berczyk, owners and operators of Valley Pools and Spas, are one of the many Marquis Dealers across the country helping to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses.  “It’s always an honor to help Make-A-Wish and Marquis provide a hot tub to a child and family especially on this special occasion marking the 800th wish,” Larry says. “It’s important to recognize the benefits of a hot tub to the child and family’s mental and physical well-being.”

Marquis is the preferred provider for Make-A-Wish hot tub and swim spa wishes. The Berczyk’s are helping gift Louie a Marquis Signature Euphoria hot tub, which will be the 800th wish granted since Marquis became a corporate sponsor of Make-A-Wish in 2000.

Louie enjoys reading and talking about computers and technology, and when asked, he says he’s most looking forward to, “swimming in the hot tub!” In addition to his family, photographers, a videographer and several people from Marquis and Make-A-Wish will be present to unveil the hot tub at the celebration Saturday afternoon.

“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to grant wishes for kids like Louie," said Mia Hoagberg, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. “A wish has the ability to change a child’s life. Louie’s wish will help him with water therapy as he recovers from surgery. We are grateful for the support of partners like Marquisthat help us transform lives, one wish at a time.”

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 distressfrom her chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Now, 18 years later and cancer-free, Andrea continues to enjoy her Marquishot tub. Her wish inspired Marquisto help with similar wishes. So far, the sponsorship has generated more than $5 million in spa donations and discounts for Make-A-Wish.

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Contact: Rebecca LaPorte, rlaporte@marquiscorp.com Corporate Communications Manager

About Marquisâ
Marquisâ, an employee-owned company based in Independence, Oregon, has been manufacturing hot tubs since 1980. Employees/owners take great pride in the quality and performance of the products they build. For more information, please call (800) 275-0888 or visit www.marquisspas.com.

About Valley Pools and Spas
Family owned and operated under the same name since 1974, Valley Pools & Spas is recognized as a leader in the pool, spa and hot tub industry with locations in Burnsville, MN, Andover, MN, Brainerd, MN and Hudson, WI. Having been honored with awards for integrity, customer satisfaction and quality workmanship, Valley Pools & Spas was inducted into the Aqua Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2001 was awarded by the Minnesota chapter of Make-A-Wish® for providing the highest in-kind donations and money to the foundation. Valley Pools & Spas has one of the largest service fleets in the Twin Cities with technicians on staff, certified pool operators and state of the art water testing labs to educate and handle all of your pool, spa and hot tub needs. For more information visit www.valleypools.com.                                                         

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with critical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization, serving children in nearly 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 32,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 21 minutes on average. Since 1980, it has granted more than 350,000 wishes to children around the world. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org.

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