Holiday World entertainer performs despite disability

Posted Friday, July 12, 2002 5:05 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

Last year while performing at Holiday World, entertainer Derek Daniel lost his sight due to an inherited condition. This inspirational teen is back on stage this summer.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 6:19 AM
I have to give that kid credit for picking up and moving on with his life. He'll go far with determination like that. I'll bet his family and Holiday World are very proud of him.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Friday, July 12, 2002 11:22 AM
He should sue his parents for giving him a faulty gene
Friday, July 12, 2002 1:27 PM

Wonderful. If I had lost my eye sight, I don't know what i'd do, at at age 19! I have tried walking around with my eyes closed to understaqnd blindness. It's not that easy. I take my healthy non-disabled body for granted way too much. Way to go Derek! Let's hope for a medical aceivement!

I feel sorry for him and what ever siblings he has. That's stupid that they won't let him have those records.

Tim Schroll
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Friday, July 12, 2002 1:33 PM

Stupid people suck.

Now this is the kind of news that more of the media should cover. This guy is very inspirational to others and I admire his courage to continue what he must love to do.

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Saturday, July 13, 2002 5:59 PM
Millenniumrider- My thoughts exactly. But then again this doesn't hurt anybody and is an awsome thing to have happen. We can't have that in the news now can we.

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Sunday, July 14, 2002 7:07 AM

Cricket said: He should sue his parents for giving him a faulty gene.

LHON (Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy) is an inherited condition from the mother, not the father.

Sunday, July 14, 2002 9:20 AM

But it doesn't make what he said any less stupid.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 4:23 PM
Regardless of this person's condition, I commend him for not giving up. I doubt I'd be able to continue like that. Sight is one thing I do not want to lose.
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