Luxaire dealer Luce, Schwab & Kase were able to help in granting the wish of a 6-year-old from Paterson, N.J., who wanted to go to Walt Disney World.
Christian, whose family did not want their last name used, suffers from nephrotic syndrome, a disorder caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the kidneys that filter waste and excess water from the blood.
Christian, his grandmother and his older brother and sister all traveled to the Florida resort for six days and five nights. While there, the family stayed at the Buena Vista Suites. Passes enabled them to visit all of the theme parks as many times as they wanted. Christian chose to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, as well as nearby Universal Studios and SeaWorld in Orlando, where he made memories to share with friends and family back home.
“We heard all about Christian’s encounters with his favorite Disney characters,” said Geri Heppel, a product manager with Luce, Schwab & Kase in Fairfield, N.J.
A portion of the sales of Luxaire equipment enabled the company to underwrite Christian’s trip with a check for almost $8,000. When Christian and his family returned from Florida, Heppel, company CEO Jim Luce and sales manager Brian Houser treated him and his grandmother to lunch at a local restaurant and a special bag of toys selected just for Christian.
“I think we were as excited to hear about Christian’s adventures as he was to share them with us,” said Heppel. “As we listened to him and saw the appreciation in his nana’s eyes, we were reminded of just how awesome the Luxaire Make-A-Wish program is.”
“Everyone at Luce, Schwab & Kase Inc. is very proud of our relationship with Make-A-Wish because we can see all of the good it does,” added Heppel. “We are very happy that Luxaire has created this partnership with such an amazing organization.”
Christian is the fourth child that Luce, Schwab & Kase has supported through the sale of Luxaire equipment.
“We’ve kept in touch with them and have their pictures framed and hanging in our lobby,” said Heppel. “Our customers see the pictures and just love the idea that their purchases are making something worthwhile happen for a child that has an illness. The fact that they are local children makes the program even stronger. We are proud of our involvement and look forward to continuing our support of Make-A-Wish.”
Luxaire has a network of distributors and dealers nationwide that are committed to the partnership with the foundation, which has been in existence since 2001. Luxaire dealers and distributors around the country work with their local Make-A-Wish chapters to organize their own fundraising activities, such as the Make-A-Wish nights at minor league ballparks.
“At Luxaire, our partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation is in its sixth year and it has been a great success among dealers and distributors on both a national and local level,” said Luxaire brand manager Jeff Hurt. “It makes them feel good about the work they are doing, especially when they know they are helping children in their own communities.”
Luxaire dealer helps Make-A-Wish Foundation
April 1, 2008