As Tribus Services works to grow our community presence and guide our charitable efforts, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to support the life-changing wishes of children with critical illnesses.This spring, we’re coming together to help support the wish of one of our own employee’s children. Antonia is 11 years old and loves American Dolls, sewing, Gravity Falls, and Roblox. She has been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF), a condition where small tumors called gliomas grow in brain tissue, nerve tissue, and along the spinal cord. While gliomas often remain dormant, Antonia has one in her brain that has grown slightly and requires treatment with chemotherapy to help reduce the pressure it’s placing on her nerves.
Antonia’s treatment will last one year and her family is hopeful to see a positive difference, as people with NF generally respond well to chemotherapy. The goal is to stabilize the glioma and prevent further growth. While the prognosis is good, the diagnosis has had an impact on her family.
“The news of her glioma growing was disconcerting. We had been monitoring it for a few years through MRIs and always knew that it could possibly grow and require treatment. The doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital of WI were very reassuring though, and once we realized that this would be more of a chronic condition rather than a life-threatening one, it was less daunting. We also wanted to make sure from the beginning that our older daughter wouldn’t feel left behind as we focused more on the health needs of Antonia”, Mike Brunelle, Antonia’s Father and Tribus Services Customer Care Representative, said.
The planning for Antonia’s wish is still in its early stages, with the family not yet knowing what her wish will be. Our corporate office will be holding a fundraising campaign during the week of April 1-5. We hope to be able to raise funds to support whatever she wishes, helping make it a magical and memorable experience for her entire family.
Employees, family, friends, and supporters are invited to join our efforts and help us grant Antonia’s wish. Visit our Make-A-Wish site below and donate today!
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Facts about Tribus Services and Make-A-Wish:
- Tribus Services has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2016, helping to grant the wishes of 5 wish kids. Antonia will be our 6th wish kid in 3 years.
- We have chosen to partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation because of their strong dedication to improving the lives of children.
- A recent survey confirmed that wishes are an important part of the treatment process. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions.
- In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes.