Hospice Patient Enjoys Motorcycle Ride Thanks to Larry Meador
Last Saturday, 57-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident and hospice patient Rick Hopkins was joined by his family, local motorcycle association, hospice care team and staff from the nursing facility where he resides for one last motorcycle ride thanks to the generosity of Larry Meador, a Lanark resident and fellow biker.
During a routine visit, Hopkins asked HCI Hospice Care Services nurse, Kim Verrips RN, CHPN about the bandages on her arm, a result of “road rash” from laying down her own motorcycle. A handful of the organization’s staff happen to enjoy riding motorcycles, and Hopkins, an avid biker and member of local motorcycle association ABATE District 14, mentioned how much he’d love to ride again, despite being wheelchair bound.
Verrips was determined to make his wish a reality. As she was inquiring about handicap accessible sidecars at a bike rally in Savanna, Meador pulled up in one attached to his Harley Davidson. Meador, who had designed the sidecar to take his son on rides after he was injured in an automobile accident five years ago, made a three-hour trip from Lanark to fulfill Hopkins’ wish.
“He really loved it,” Meador said. “It was pretty emotional for everybody.”
“It’s all about helping him do this one last thing he’s passionate about,” Verrips said. “Because that’s what we’re all about as a team.”
For 35 years, HCI Care Services (formerly known as Hospice of Central Iowa) has provided comfort, dignity, and peace of mind for those facing serious illnesses. HCI Care Services is a proud partner of Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. To learn more, please call HCI Care Services at 319-385-4472 or visit: www.hcicareservices.org.