“Maile’s Dream”A CELEBRATION OF DIFFERENCES ANNUAL FAIR is a benefit for Easter Seals Hawaii and was held on March 5, 2016. Today, a check presentation was held at Moanalua High School celebrating the event. $2,180.00 was raised this year for the Easter Seals Hawaii Early Intervention Program.
Fifteen years ago Washington Middle School adopted Maile’s Dream. Maile was born with a very rare condition called Apert Syndrome, which is characterized by malformation of the skull, mid-face, hands and feet. Maile has undergone numerous surgeries for her skull, ears, palate, fingers, toes and mid-face. She’s currently an 8th grader at Kaimuki Christian School.
The objective of this Fair is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance of differences through activities and special entertainment. Maile’s mother, Cindy Ogata said, “Easter Seals’ Early Intervention Program was there to support us with physical, occupational, speech therapy and a gifted teacher to help with cognitive delays…our objective of the event is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance.”
Now, Maile is a thriving and happy Freshman at Moanalua High School. Cindy Ogata said that Maile was at first intimidated by starting at such a large school, but her ROTC advisors have also adopted “Maile’s Dream” and have encouraged her growth in High School every step of the way. Today’s presentation was organized by her ROTC class advisors and she was joined by her classmates.
Proceeds raised through “Maile’s Dream” provides much-needed unrestricted support towards the operations of the Early Intervention Program.
If you would like to also support “Maile’s Dream” you can contact Luke Kusumoto, Sultan Program Manager at (808) 529-1730 x1002, or email: LukeK@eastersealshawaii.org.