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Danielle Harada
Some families go to the annual family beach trip; the Haradas go to Fill the Boot. Danielle Harada, a design technology coed, with sketch pad ready has been going to Fill the Boot all her life. She's seen the indelible.

She described a comical sight when a magician from a business across the street became an impromptu Fill the Boot joiner. The magician eyed a Fill the Boot sign. Picked it up. Waving the sign in a full spectrum of swoops, sleeves flapping pink orange, the magician jumped pogo til dusk as firefighters offered Fill the Boot to festive passersby.

Danielle with Fill the Boot sign"I like watching the firefighters. They work really hard.

It's exciting to see when someone clicks with the event.



People dig in their purses, wallets, ... for money. My Dad likes to see the money go for research because research means hope."

Reaching out to MDA started early, her parents noticed that she had a problem walking. Her parent's friend, a physical therapist, recommended that Danielle get tested. Back then, there weren't blood tests.

So she had to go through a battery of tests before physicians discovered that she had Intermediate Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type 2). For rehabilitation, she attends an MDA clinic. MDA also has a loan closet. The loan closet has enabled Danielle to have a Hoyer lift. The lift transports Danielle from her wheelchair to her bed.

MDA opens to possibilities. Danielle has been a Goodwill Ambassador from age five to age ten. When Danielle first started, Goodwill Ambassadors were known as poster children. As a Goodwill Ambassador, she became aware of MDA camp.

Danielle enthusiastically emphasizes the experience of MDA camp, "Camp is fantastic.Tossing ball in Camp Waskowitz pool


There are things that you don't normally get to do such as horseback riding, swimming, and sidecars." Danielle opts for the pool.

It is one of the few times that they are away from family to stretch out on their own. There are camp counselors to offer guidance. Danielle further remarks, "It is one week packed with fun. We are having Elvis and Pirates of the Caribbean look-a-like contests, karaoke, talk show theme, and Harley rides. We have had Firefighter Appreciation Day where firefighters can come hang out."

In her rare spare time, the best is painting in pastels while her black dog Lucky and her black cat Mimi sit audience. Lucky, a Labrador mix, was slated to be her service dog. But the loveable pup became a pet.

To further her art, Daniel is acquiring her bachelor's degree in fine arts at Tukwila's International Design Technology Institute next year. She is going to school in the summer to finish early. After graduation, she might pursue web design and logo creation.



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