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Larken’s journey is one of resilience, artistic passion, and an unwavering belief in the value of inclusion. Throughout her life, Larken faced the painful sting of exclusion by her peers. But she refused to let that define her. “I appreciate people getting to know me and not just my disability,” she expressed.

Her mission to promote inclusion led her to write the book “Let’s Be Friends,” a story that emphasizes the importance of celebrating differences and cherishing each other for who we truly are.

However, it was not just her book that spoke volumes about Larken’s commitment to inclusion. Her life journey has been woven with resilience and determination. She overcame the obstacle of relearning to walk, not once, but twice. This incredible feat is a testament to her driven spirit and unwavering determination to overcome adversity.

Through her efforts of inclusion, Larken found a unique way to express herself and connect with others through her work at the Goodwill Columbus Art Studio & Gallery. Her artwork, a reflection of her vibrant personality and the beauty she saw in the world, acts as a bridge that welcomes people from various backgrounds together.

Today, Larken stands as an inspiration to all who have faced challenges in their lives. Her journey is a reminder that our differences should be celebrated, and our unique abilities should be cherished. Larken’s life story and her artistic expression are testaments to the transformative power of art and the profound impact of inclusion.

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