Flint Hills Spas helps grant 5-year-old’s wish for hot tub in Moundridge

WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW) – A 5-year-old from Moundridge now has a safe place to enjoy the water after Flint Hills Spas and Make-A-Wish granted her wish for a hot tub in her backyard.

Flint Hills spas in Wichita says he was approached earlier in 2022 by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri and Kansas and had been asked to deliver and install a hot tub to fulfill a childhood wish in the Sunflower State.

Owner Jamil Toubassi said he was okay with it and was happy to help.

In early July, Flint Hills Spas said it was able to deliver and install a hot tub for the Petersen family in Moundridge. Ember, the 5-year-old daughter of Tyler and Chelsea Petersen, has trisomy mosaic, a rare genetic defect. She loves water and her wish was for her family to have a spa in their backyard.

Flint Hills Spas said her wish had been granted and she caused a stir with an inflatable flamingo and lots of water toys as the family enjoyed their new hot tub for the first time.

Ember Petersen enjoys her new hot tub.(Flint Hills Spas)

“It was rewarding for our whole team to work with Make-A-Wish and make Ember so happy,” Toubassi said. “I had the opportunity to meet the family personally and it touched my heart.”

Make-A-Wish said it brings a ray of hope to children who are battling serious illnesses when they need it most. Along with his partners, he said he grants the life-changing wishes of children in their darkest days.

Make-A-Wish said research shows that a wish can give children the strength to fight and even overcome serious illness.

“Make-A-Wish is proud to partner with Flint Hills Spas and is extremely grateful for their support. It is only through the generosity and philanthropic spirit of our community partners that our mission to create wishes that change the lives of children with serious illnesses can happen,” commented Caroline Schmidt, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.

Flint Hills Spas has two locations in Wichita and serves homes across much of the state with a selection of hot tubs, swim spas, saunas, above ground pools and more.

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