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Wish Kid Finds Relief in Soothing Water of Marquis Hot Tub: Marquis and Make-A-Wish® team up to grant 5-year-old Maddison’s wish


April 23, 2013


Seattle, WA

The warming, therapeutic water of a hot tub is irresistible to 5-year-old Maddison of Spanaway who is living with Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Confined to her wheelchair, she wanted her very own place to relax. Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and with the help of Marquis and Aqua Rec’s Pools and Spas, Maddison’s wish will be granted on April 27 at 4 p.m. at her wish presentation celebration.

Maddison’s hot tub will make its premier at their family home. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers, along with friends and family, will chow on pizza and cake before testing out Maddison’s new and very own paradise.

Aqua Rec’s contribution is part of the national sponsorship, created by Marquis to benefit Make-A-Wish chapters across the country. As the preferred provider for Make-A-Wish hot tub wishes, Marquis has helped grant more than 500 life-changing wishes since 2000.

"Marquis and Aqua Rec’s are making a difference in Maddison’s life by helping to grant her hot tub wish," said Trina Cottingham, director of wishes at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. "This will help Maddison and her family enjoy hours and hours of quality time together at home and gives Maddison moments to be a carefree kid, without the worries of her illness."

Media is invited to attend Maddison’s wish celebration and see a wish come true.

About Marquis®

Marquis, an employee-owned company based in Independence, Oregon, has been manufacturing spas 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

About Aqua Rec’s Pools and Spas

Aqua Rec’s Pools and Spas have been serving the South Puget Sound region since 1976. This family-run business has grown to four regional stores and more than 40 employees. Aqua Rec serves customers all across Pierce County and into King County, Thurston County, and Kitsap County as well. If you’re looking for a swimming pool or hot tub company with the stability of over 35 years in business, with a staff of educated pool and hot tub professionals, water quality trained specialists, all with a vision and passion for your complete satisfaction, go to Aqua Rec’s. Find out more at or call 253-682-1792.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.


Jeannette Tarcha
Director of Communications and Marketing or 206.623.5338

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
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