Alicia relaxes in the warm water as her arms and legs regain some flexibility. Her mom, Kelly, helps her kick her legs in the water – a good source of therapy and a lot of fun.
Nine-year-old Alicia’s genetic disorder, methylmalonic academia, causes development delays, among other things. As such, Alicia is unable to speak, so socializing isn’t easy. But when Marquis Spas® help the Make-A-Wish® Oregon team grant Alicia’s hot tub wish, Alicia is surrounded by pals and laughter as they all join in the fun at the hottest pool party in town.
It’s the perfect present just before Christmas.
Alicia’s wish granters surprise her with toys for the hot tub as well; including, a battery- operated clown fish - often found swimming next to her. Alicia combines her therapeutic spa time with some of her other favorite activities – such as listening to her Veggie Tales CDs or playing with her older brother.
In an article from the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal, Alicia’s mom notes that when Alicia is in her hot tub she “just laughs and laughs…” Alicia’s Make-A-Wish® experience has not only filled her with joy, but has also brought smiles to everyone around her.
Alicia is the 200th recipient of a hot tub donated by Marquis Spas through its "In the Spirit of the Wish" campaign as they help to share the power of a wish®.