'Soul Surfer' film highlights World Vision's work

World Vision is featured in the upcoming family film "Soul Surfer," the inspiring true story of teen surfer and World Vision advocate Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame all odds to become a champion again.

Published April 5, 2011 at 12:00am PDT

World Vision is featured in the upcoming family film "Soul Surfer," slated for theatrical release on April 8.

"Soul Surfer" is the inspiring true story of teen surfer and World Vision advocate Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, and Carrie Underwood in her film debut.

Bethany has worked with World Vision for several years. Following the 2004 Asian tsunami, Bethany traveled to Phuket, Thailand, where she taught local children swimming and surfing techniques. Bethany's time in Thailand is highlighted in the film.

Through Bethany's partnership with World Vision, she has raised more than $25,000. She focuses particularly on disabled children around the world.

For more information on Soul Surfer, please visit the website at www.soulsurferthemovie.com.