Kim Larimer was the last person to receive the award, and by the time Central Division President Dave Petersen had told the story of this advocate, sister and nurse, there was barely a dry eye in the house. Kim, a registered nurse with REM Iowa, fought for the rights of an individual who was gravely ill and in a coma. Dave explained, “Kim fought for him. She appealed to doctors and family to let him live and suggested alternative treatment methods. And 10 days later, he awoke, validating Kim’s urging. The man recovered from his coma, and went on to live for another two years.” As Dave invited Kim to stand to accept the Ripple of Hope award, he added, his voice labored with emotion, “Kim is a champion of the rights of the individuals she supports. She has found her calling at REM—and we are all the better for it.”
The 2005 Ripple of Hope Award winners were honored on November 15th, 2005 at the John F. Kennedy Library Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.