Disabled veteran given spa to ease his pain

Jesse Smith, an installer for Sundance Spas, points out the jets on the spa and how they work to Jonathan Kadis. Kadis was gifted the spa from Sundance Spas and Wish for Our Heroes. .

A local disabled veteran, Jonathan Kadis, was gifted a hot tub from Logan’s Sundance Spas and Wish for Our Heroes for a disability. Kadis spent 31 years of his life in the service of his country. He was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder, causing two neurological issues.

Jesse Smith, an installer for Sundance Spas, talks to Jonathan Kadis about the features of the spa and how to use them.

His doctor suggested water therapy, so he went shopping for a hot tub.

While Kadis was shopping for the hot tub at Sundance Spas in Salt Lake City, the salesman suggested he and his wife, Tami, fill out an application for Wish for Our Hero (W4OH). They might help him with his spa purchase, they said.

“I sent in the application and waited,” said Kadis. “As time went by, I figured it wasn’t going anywhere.”

Then they got the word his application was accepted.

Friday afternoon, a crane parked on 1000 East in Smithfield lifted a new hot tub over the fence and into Kadis’ yard, near the cement patio where it ended up.

“I don’t know how it happened we were accepted; we were surprised and excited. Nothing like that ever happened to me,” Kadis said. “I’m lucky to be upright and ventilated. When you have physical struggles, you have family to enjoy; and hopefully they can also enjoy the spa.”

Sundance Spas puts money aside from the sale of their spas to support W4OH. The charity organization was incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit organization. Their sole purpose is to grant wishes for active-duty military, veterans and their families. They strive to relieve the burdens of military families, offering assistance not offered by existing military charities.

“Sundance gives a number of spas throughout the country,” said Corray Smith, one of the Logan establishment’s owners. “We’re thrilled beyond measure to give a spa this year, and to have it go to Jonathan.”

Kadis served in both the National Guard and full-time service. He was in two different branches of the military: the Air National Guard and the Coast Guard. He also worked 25 years in higher education at both Utah State University and University of Idaho.

“I worked at the Utah State University for 16 years as an executive in Multimedia and Distant Learning Services,” Kadis said. “I left the university and went to Tennessee with the Air National Guard.” He was diagnosed with the auto immune disease when he was living in Tennessee.

The disease attacks the internal organs and spine. He uses a cane to get around. He said he is looking forward to using the spa. He is hoping it will give him some relief from his pain.

“We could have gone to Disneyland, but they have brought Disneyland to us,” he said. “We are so excited and hope to have some fun with it.”

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