Maile Ogata presents a check for $4,097 to Easter Seals Hawaii with students from Washington Middle School.
Easter Seals Hawaii received a check for $4,097 from the 9th Annual “Maile’s Dream: A Celebration of Differences” awareness event at Washington Middle School on Monday! The event was created by 13-year-old Maile Ogata, who was born with Apert’s syndrome, a genetic disorder that can lead to facial and limb anomalies. Maile’s dream is to teach the community to accept others who may appear different. The event included games, entertainment, activities, food and auctions. Proceeds raised were donated to Easter Seals Sultan and East Sultan Early Intervention programs.
Maile’s mother, Cindy Ogata said, “Our objective of the event is to raise awareness of difference through activities and special entertainment to encourage acceptance. When Maile came into my life 13 years ago, I would never imagine all the blessings that would come our way over the years. The Sultan Easter Seals Hawaii Early Intervention Program was there to support us with physical, occupational, speech therapy and a gifted teacher to help with cognitive delays.” Maile exited the program ten years ago as well as the special education system by kindergarten. Currently Maile is in the 6th grade at a private school.
A big mahalo goes out to Maile, her family, Washington Middle School teacher Roxanne Kaino (who helped organize student efforts in coordinating the event) and principal Michael Harano.