The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in the United States that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions with the purpose to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.


Kendall's wish to go surfing with Bethany Hamilton

1.How old is Kendall Curnuck?

2.What disease is Kendall suffering from and determined to beat?

3.How did young Kendall decide that her wish would be to meet Bethany Hamilton?

4.What did she find inspiring about Bethany?

5.How did she learn the news about her trip to meet Bethany?

6.What was her reaction?

7.What did she do before her trip?

8.Where did she travel to?

9.What activities did she participate in during her stay?

10.What was the result of the whole experience?

B)BACKGROUND STORY: Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb is  the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again. Bethany was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl's life on the Kauai Coast, when suddenly everything changed. As Bethany fights to recover from the shark attack, the devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand, she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her greater purpose-she can make a difference in the lives of others. Filled with a new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to conquer her own limitations and sets an encouraging example for people facing adversity.


  • What do you think of the Make-a-wish Foundation? How do children benefit from having a wish granted?

  • What do you think of Kendall’s story and Bethany’s story?

  • Is there anybody famous or well-known that inspires you? Why (not)?

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