Bethany Hamilton Delivers Inspirational Speech to Paralympic 2016 Hopefuls at PossAbilities Sports Luncheon

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LOMA LINDA, CA. — “Soul Surfer”, Bethany Hamilton, was the guest speaker during a benefit at Loma Linda University’s PossAbilities Sports Luncheon. Hamilton shared her story with the crowd and four Paralympic hopefuls offering words of inspiration and support. “It’s pretty cool to see what amazing (things) humans can do after going through (or continuing) to go through hard time,” she said. Source:

The event was held Oct. 14 in the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center, which helped raise more than $125,000 to benefit PossAbilities, a free community outreach program for disabled individuals who were born with or have suffered a permanent physical injury. Proceeds will also support the PossAbilities Road To Rio Program, which sponsors disabled athletes in their training for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The program will help train elite athletes to compete for a place on the National and U.S. Paralympic Teams in several sports including cycling, triathlon, and canoeing. This year’s four paralympic hopefuls representing the PossAbilities program are paratriathlete Andre Barbieri, handcyclist Delmon Dunston, paracyclist Nicholas Gleissner and canoeist Greg Crouse.

During the luncheon, participants were encouraged to “dash for cash,” to raise funds for a new prosthetic leg Solis has needed for some time. With a goal of raising $5,000, attendees were excited to play and support Solis. Thanks to the generosity of the crowd, $16,000 was raised, the release said.

Bethany Hamilton is a pro surfer, who at the age of 13, lost her left arm in a shark attack. She shares her story and faith in Jesus Christ to audiences around the world. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the film Soul Surfer was released. She has made numerous television appearances since the loss of her arm.

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