Bethany’s Story: The Power from Within


“I felt inspired when I left [watching this amazing story] to make some changes to my own life and share what I learned with others. In fact, I called my mom on the walk home to tell her about it.”
– Katelyn

“Congratulations to you and your team – it is very well done and an excellent resource for people dealing with all kinds of health issues.”
– Roz Ostler, North American Vegetarian Society

“I saw an earlier version of this at NAVS Summerfest when the film was in production. It is such an uplifting story!”
– Victoria Moran, Main Street Vegan

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The Story

Bethany’s Story is a documentary about the healing power of food. Bethany lived the life of a normal teenage girl before she became paralyzed by a bad reaction to medication and was told she would never walk again. The documentary covers her amazing recovery as she makes dramatic lifestyle changes. Featuring interviews with leading nutrition experts and medical doctors, Bethany’s Story is a testament to the power of food as medicine, as well as the courage of a young girl to face an immense obstacle, overcome it and in the process help inspire all of us to make forward progress in our lives, whatever our challenge may be.

*A portion of all proceeds collected will be used to support Bethany and her family.

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Featuring interviews from 6 internationally recognized health experts

Neal Barnard, M.D. – “The number of people saying wait a minute, I want a better way, I want to feed myself better, I want to feed my kids better, that group is bigger than ever.”
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

Brian Clement, Ph.D., N.M.D., C.N. – “She took responsibility because of her youthful, enthusiastic, instinctual understanding.”
Hippocrates Health Institute

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. M.D.(H), D.D. – “These are not accidents, these are not miracles, we have the science that makes it very clear.”
The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center

Brenda Davis, R.D. – “The story itself is just beautiful, inspiring, and it gives us hope for even greater potential with diet changes than we even thought before.”
Vegetarian Hall of Fame

Michael Greger, M.D. – “Our body has this amazing ability to rejuvenate and repair and regenerate.”

Lewis Mel-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D. – “I suspect, especially in this country, that we need more dialogue, we need to listen better and dialogue more and not to assume that we’re right and everyone else is wrong.”
Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Hawaii

Film Announcements

Best of Raw Badge
Bethany’s Story has won the Best of Raw Awards in the category of Film Release in it’s media awards! A huge thank you to all those who voted for supporting our film and our efforts of healing the world through awareness.

The Vegan Woman Recommendation Label
We are proud to announce that The Vegan Woman has presented Bethany’s Story with their recommendation label! Read the review of the film here.

Vitamix Blender
Vitamix will be raffling off blenders at future Bethany’s Story screening events. Just sign in with your email address and you could win a FREE Vitamix blender! Find out about upcoming screenings on our events page.

Are you part of a nonprofit organization and interested in hosting a screening of the film? VegFund will cover the screening licensing fee if you fill out their quick application. Just let us know you are a nonprofit when you fill out the form on the right to host a screening.


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About the Soundtrack

Awakening - Bethany's Story Soundtrack

Support the movement! Comprised of moving, original work from Stephanie and Bob Miller of “Music for Life Pittsburgh.”

Track Listing
  1. Walking Song
  2. Knowing
  3. Dancing in the Rain
  4. Toobin’
  5. Not Me At All
  6. Phone Call
  7. Spinning Wheel
  8. Journey
  9. Looking Back
  10. Playground
  11. Theme from Bethany’s Story

Bethany’s Story Testimonials

“42 people enjoyed the music of Ann and Hannibal, plus a heartfelt and powerful talk by filmmaker, Janet McKee (Bethany’s Story- Power from Within, a teenager cures her paralysis with vegan food.”
-Jeffrey Tucker

“Really interesting movie– I liked the doctors! I’m so glad I went!!!”

“Bethany’s Story was amazing, and Janet’s talk afterward was just as good”

“Good movie. Ejoyed the company and hearing from Janet McKee. It’s hard to cover new ground on this subject, but this movie does a credible job of it.”
-Joe Corry

“Agreed. Solid messaging with his documentary.”

“Excellent! It’s one of the most important documentaries of our time. The pot luck was delicious!”
-Elisa Beck

“The movie was excellent.”
-Frances Richareds

“I had congestive heart failure and the doctor told me to try a vegetarian diet, six months later I had a stress test, no sign of heart failure.”

“You should be commended for this film. I am a physician, and what Michael Gregor said about physicians in completely true, I do not know one physician that eats correctly, myself included until i started on the vegan diet.”
-Anonymous Physician

“Have received and viewed Bethany’s story. It is excellent!”

“Until she changed her diet, this documentary filmmaker never had any idea how happy and healthy life could be…now writing about it and ‘energy coaching’ others to spread the word!”
-Dree Andrea

“I have been vegan for a little over a year and this documentary opened my eyes to so much more. I have been inspired by Bethany’s determination and Janet McKee’s dedication to bring this story to the masses. It is a must see!!”
-Stan Ricks

“Wonderful documentary! What an amazing story. I felt inspired when I left to make some changes to my own life and share what I learned with others. In fact, I called my mom on the walk home to tell her about it.”

“This documentary was very insightful and provided excellent information on health.”

“The movie starts out simple but grows beautifully. I want to show it at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island’s “Eat Different” Food festival in June.”

“A truly inspirational documentary and an amazing Q&A with the producer/holistic health counselor who had such informative insight!”

“Interesting movie. Made you think.”

“Wonderful documentary!”
-Tali Weiss

“I loved the film w/good conversation & testimonies to the benefits of this lifestyle. Many raw vegan tastes to be had. Got to try some new fermented foods, yum.”
-William Kruhmin

“Great movie, nice people, great food, nice discussion! Always learn something new each time we get together.”

“Thank you so much for your time and dedication in producing this film. It is a great testimony and I hope many lives will be blessed as a result of seeing it”

“Thank you for this documentary. Please let me know when you will have more videos as they help and encourage me to keep [eating healthy]. Thank you for the movie again.”
-Bachy J.

“Really good. It continues to solidify my belief in the benefits of raw food. Thanks for your dedication to inform the public about this.”
-Jackie K., Nairobi, Kenya

“I enjoyed the movie and your enthusiasm about life and the “alternative” healing opportunities we have.”
-Alan K

“I want to thank you for putting together such and amazing video. For those that attended and have a mostly RAW diet, I could feel that energy! The story was very compelling and it’s from the mouth of a young survivor and her challenges. I think that is important especially where the young are more open-minded and can change their choices. I am very appreciative of all the stories that were shared and the realization that “WE” will be the ones to help drive this awareness to “Save Lives””
-Michael N.

“Thanks Janet for sharing your personal life experience, your work producing Bethany’s Story and to take the time visit us in Boston to share your thoughts and ideas. Thank you for wonderful experience with you and your guests.”
-Roy A.

“Thank you Janet for sharing this deep inspiring story with us. We have to continue to put this message out there. The world needs to hear this!”
-Lella F.

“Amazingly wonderful! Very inspirational. Well done. Janet was awesome.”
-Bonny C.

“The film is remarkable and it has changed my life! It shares very powerful points in a delicate way.”
-Alan B.

“I am soooooo excited about Bethany’s Story and your role in pulling it all together!”
-The movie is superb.

“Wonderful film and Q and A. Very hands on. I love that Janet shared as much as she did. Good work she’s doing!”

“Bethany’s Story is truly amazing and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful documentary with us. Keep up the awesome work. The power of plants never ceases to amaze me. Thank you!”
-Jenna G.

“Bethany’s Story is a powerful testimony for the incredible healing that can be obtained with food. It shows why when conventional medical wisdom gets mired in its own methodology, it may just be time to question events, outcomes and explore options that are more natural. The film shows how simplicity can often be a catalyst for powerful health transformation. Bethany’s story is very moving and gives us all insight into a journey that Bethany and her family were courageous to not only take but stay with it in spite of the “raised eyebrows” of others. Once you start watching the film, the determination of Bethany will keep you connected to her journey until the end.”
-Mariangela M.

“Bethany’s Story is a powerful testimony of the healing power of organic whole foods and raw nutrition. One comes away from the film uplifted in spirit and enlightened in mind. All of those who are interested in health restoration should see this stunning movie.”
-Sarto Schickel.

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