Lit­tle Gi­ant helps grant wishes for lit­tle gi­ants

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING GROWTH -

Nine-year-old Nathaniel Lehn­hof suf­fered from a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion re­quir­ing a kid­ney trans­plant. When he re­ceived the op­por­tu­nity to have a wish granted, Nathaniel wished to save the uni­verse at Salt Lake Comic Con, and Make-A-Wish Utah made sure he was given celebrity treat­ment.

“It’s be­cause of the gen­eros­ity and sup­port of tremen­dous or­ga­ni­za­tions like Lit­tle Gi­ant Lad­der Sys­tems that we are able to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of chil­dren bat­tling life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions,” said Jared Perry, CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah.

On April 14, dur­ing an em­ployee com­mu­nity-en­gage­ment event, Lit­tle Gi­ant’s 180 em­ploy­ees took the af­ter­noon off to meet with Nathaniel’s fam­ily. On be­half of all the em­ploy­ees, a check for the amount of $7,500 was pre­sented by Art Wing, chair­man and pres­i­dent of Lit­tle Gi­ant Lad­der Sys­tem, to Make-A-Wish Utah. Head­quar­tered in Springville, Lit­tle Gi­ant has been man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tribut­ing su­pe­rior qual­ity climb­ing prod­ucts since the 1970s.

“At Lit­tle Gi­ant, our whole fo­cus is on pre­vent­ing in­juries and sav­ing lives,” said Ryan Moss, CEO of Lit­tle Gi­ant Lad­der Sys­tems. “Yet, as this fam­ily is well aware, there are some things in life that are not pre­ventable. Our hope is that Lit­tle Gi­ant can help of­fer sup­port and hope to in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity that fi nd them­selves in th­ese kinds of cir­cum­stances. Kids like Nathaniel are lit­tle gi­ants them­selves as their lives and sto­ries are a great in­spi­ra­tion to all of us.”

“Last year we granted 161 wishes across the state; 29 of those chil­dren were from Utah County,” added Perry. “It’s amaz­ing to see the many ways that lo­cal busi­nesses in­spire the mem­bers of their com­mu­nity to help grant even more wishes to kids right here in their own backyard.”

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