The story is as American as apple pie, immigrant shows up in the United States with little more than the clothes on his back, looking to make a name for himself. Through all the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, he succeeds.
Now, our pioneer is continually looking to give back.
"The actual story is I landed with $50 in my pocket and a desire to have the American dream and we achieved it" said Dr. Fahim Rahim. "The whole idea was how we can give back to this community, this nation that gave us so much."
Since they started the Idaho Kidney Institute in 2005 the Doctor brothers Fahim and Naeem Rahim have done exactly that, give back. The brothers founded the JRM Foundation for Humanity which supports local causes like the Idaho FoodBank, Family Services Alliance, and Bright Tomorrows..
In 2011, the brothers were awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the third highest civilian honor in the country. The medal is given to only 100 recipients and includes six Presidents and Nobel Prize winners on its roll. The Rahim's were the first Idahoans to win the medal in over 25 years. But even with the accolades, the Rahim's wanted to do more.
"There are so many people that we know ourselves that we can quickly count on our fingers who are much more deserving of a medal like this," Dr. Rahim said. "We came back, jotted down the whole thing and said 'how can we bring these amazing Idahoans, who've done so much into the spotlight.'"
In 2012, the Idaho Hometown Hero Medal was awarded to Corporal Phillip Baldwin, Don Aslett, and Dr. Jonathan Cree to name a few. But it wasn't the night's medal ceremony that struck Fahim. It was when they presented a local boy with a new trumpet to replace the one he lost in the Charlotte fire.
"The look on his face, because he wasn't expecting of this," said Dr. Rahim. "That smile that he had, those are the touching moments when you know you've touched somebody's soul and they're really, truly, happy and you've made a difference."
And for those looking for the motivation to get out and make a difference, Fahim says look no further than the words of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
"Money is an incentive, but it's not the biggest incentive. It's the feeling of make somebody feel good and making a difference in their life is a bigger incentive," said Dr. Rahim.
The Rahim’s are seeking nominations for the 2013 Idaho Hometown Hero Medal. If you would like to nominate someone for the honor you can visit this website
For more information on how you can volunteer throughout east Idaho you can visit SEIdahovolunteer.org