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Bethany Hamilton

Tuesday, October 19th @ 7:00pm

Bryan Arts & Education Center

325 West High Street, Bryan, OH  43506

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within two years had won her first national title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best-selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer.  Famous for saying, “I don’t need easy, I just need possible….” Hamilton has shared her message around the globe, and this October 19, 2021 at 7pm, Ms. Hamilton will share her inspirational message in person with the community in a free event, open to the public at the Bryan Arts & Education Center.

Additionally, to coincide with the event, CAHF (Community Advocates for Healthy Families) will be hosting a family movie event on Sunday, October 3rd  at 2:00pm, showcasing “Soul Surfer” the autobiographical movie based on Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack and return to surfing at the Bryan Movie Theater.

This event featuring Bethany Hamilton are courtesy of a grant from the John C. Markey Charitable Fund of the Bryan Area Foundation, and through generous donations made by Altenloh, Brinck & Co, and CHWC (Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers.)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – Location TBD 


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