A Day of Inspiration with Ben Underwood
May 4, 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Our 8th annual luncheon and silent auction was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel and chaired by Pauline Moghavem. An inspiration to all of us, Benjamin Underwood was this year's Looking Beyond recipient of the Soaring Spirit Award. Underwood, 14, lost sight in both eyes to cancer at the age of three. By teaching himself echolocation, he has learned to navigate life by sound.
The award was presented to him by a man whom he had admired all of his life, Grammy winner Stevie Wonder. His generosity to participate in Looking Beyond’s luncheon was inspiring and deeply touched all who attended.
In 2007 Ben under went an eight hour excruciating brain surgery, the moment he opened up his and was able to speak he was full of life and laughter. By being a very spiritual person he embraced life with love and all its challenges even to the last day of being on this earth, as he considered himself a miracle child. Ben will always live in our hearts.