Maile’s Dream Continues To Raise Awareness and Funds

 “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.

 

Maile’s Dream event raises $4,097 for Easter Seals Hawaii

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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.

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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.