Hawaiian Amputee Surfing Star
On February 8, 2004 Bethany
Hamilton celebrated her 14th birthday.
Among the many phone calls, greeting cards and emails
she received, there might be one or the other message
from someone she did not know, but has inspired
through her personal strength and determination.
Only weeks after she became an arm amputee because
of a shark attack while surfing near Tunnels Beach
on October 31, she decided to go into the waters
On January 10 she finally returned to competition
and placed fifth in her age group in the Open Women
Division of a National Scholastic Surfing Association
meet at Banyans.
Bethany Hamilton is from Princeville, Kaua'i,
the tropical paradise amidst the sparkling blue
waters of the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes
by air from Honolulu.
She has been surfing since before she could walk,
with both of her parents being active surfers
along with her two older brothers.
Bethany Hamilton’s friends and supporters may donate
to a special fund for her rehabilitation and prosthetic
First Hawaiian Bank has arranged for donations
to be made at any branch of First Hawaiian Bank
under the account name "Friends of Bethany
Hamilton", or mailed to their Lihue branch
at 4423 Rice Street, Lihue, HI. 96766.
You can also support her by making a direct donation
through PayPal - PLEASE
© 2004 Steffen Berk