Rock Lititz Hotel hosts Adalyn’s swim

By on November 14, 2018
Adalyn Lotito, who is undergoing treatments for leukemia, couldn’t swim all summer. That all changed when she was invited with her sister to be the first to swim at the Hotel Rock Lititz new indoor pool.

Adalyn Lotito, who is undergoing treatments for leukemia, couldn’t swim all summer. That all changed
Adalyn Lotito, who is undergoing treatments for leukemia, couldn’t swim all summer. That all changed when she was invited with her sister to be the first to swim at the Hotel Rock Lititz new indoor pool.

Beset with significant health setbacks, a Lititz family fulfilled a big wish Saturday as a pair of young sisters enjoyed their first swim in over a year.

Adalyn Lotito, 8, who is undergoing treatments for B-cell leukemia, took the first plunge into a pristine pool at the soon-to-open Hotel Rock Lititz.

Her implanted port prevented her from swimming in public pools, lakes and oceans all summer.

This was her moment to enjoy the water with her 10-year-old sister Leila, said Matthew Lotito, the girls’ father.

The family purchased pool passes for the Lititz Springs Pool as an Easter present earlier this year

“This was a huge deal because the summer before, my youngest daughter Adalyn was recovering from open heart surgery in Boston,“ he said.

The plan was to make up for lost swim time in the summer by going to the pool, the beach, lakes…“if there was water, we were going to be there.”

But those plans changed on May 4 when “our youngest, who is now 8, was diagnosed with B-cell leukemia,” Mr. Lotito said.

“The only thing Adalyn wanted to do this past summer was swim,” he said. “Public pools, salt water and even private pools were off limits for fear of bacteria or infection.”

When a TAIT employee heard about the late fall opening of Hotel Rock Lititz, he saw the rare opportunity of the hotel’s never-before-used pool as a possible way for Adalyn to enjoy some swim time.

Hotel Rock Lititz managing partner, Nimesh Shah, immediately responded that it would be made possible.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this moment of fun for Matthew and his family,” he said.

As Adalyn and Leila splashed, laughed and swam, Matthew said, “As small as this may seem, it means the world to us and we will never forget this. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

An event Wednesday was scheduled to allow media the first glimpse of the Hotel Rock Lititz and the now famous pool christened by Adalyn and Leila.

Located at 50 Rock Lititz Blvd., the hotel is promoted as “a one-of-a-kind lodging adventure,” offering the backstage vibe of the Rock Lititz community’s art and technology and the small-town charm of Lititz, Lancaster County.

Hotel Rock Lititz joins the Rock Lititz Studio, the largest and strongest rehearsal facility of its kind, and Pod 2, a collaborative hub for entertainment vendors and public services, set on a 96-acre campus designed to serve the live event industry.

Patrick Burns is News Editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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