Kim and Krickitt Carpenter

  • Inspired the Major Motion Picture "The Vow"

Kim and Krickitt Carpenter are the real life true story behind the #1 Box Office hit movie, The Vow. They are also the authors of the New York Times #1 Best Selling Book, The Vow -The True Events that Inspired the Movie

The Carpenter’s have shared their story to a worldwide audience reaching an estimated 400 million people who have either seen read or heard their story. They are also a feature biography among books such as Chicken Soup for the Couples Soul. Dr. Carpenter and his wife have spent the past 12 years interviewing globally and presenting as national speakers. 

Their story has become the subject of more than 500 interviews worldwide to include two appearances in People Magazine and the Today Show, three appearances on Dateline NBC and Inside Edition, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and with Japanese, German, United Kingdom and Australian television and print media. 

Their movie debuted in 67 Countries ranking # 1 in the box office of several.  Their book is now in 17 languages worldwide including countries such as France, Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Poland, Japan, China, and others.   

THE STORY 
They met in September 1992 when Kim, a University Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach in New Mexico, called a California sportswear company to purchase team jackets. Krickitt Pappas took his order. They discovered they had much in common soon they were talking for several hours a week. In April of 1993 they met in person for the first time. Kim says, "It was like I had known her all my life." He proposed two months later, and they married September 18, 1993.

Less than ten weeks after their wedding, their vows were put to the ultimate test. A near fatal car crash would change everything. Kim and Krickitt both critically injured but Krickitt sustained far worse long term injuries. The car's roof collapsed around Krickitt and fractured her skull. She hung upside down for 70 minutes before rescuers were able to free her. The doctors doubted she would survive.

Within five days she was off life support but remained in a coma. As Krickitt was awoken by doctors 21 days later, Kim soon discovered that she would never be the same. 

The trauma to her brain caused retrograde and posttraumatic amnesia--erasing from her memory virtually all of the 18 months prior to the accident and 4 months after. Kim was heartbroken the day he heard his wife say she wasn't married. She had no memory of her husband either in her head or in her heart.

During the initial weeks of Krickitt's neurological rehabilitation, Kim was by her side pushing her toward recovery and trying to jog her memory with stories and photos. Krickitt, though, resented "that stranger" and told him that she does not know who he is, hated him, and to go back to where he came from.

With medical bills soaring, Kim returned to work. Many in his position might have left to make a fresh start; after all, 90 percent of the bills belonged to a woman who didn't know him. Kim did have doubts about their future, but he had made a vow. 

Krickitt was confused as to who she had been. The old Krickitt was gone; instead there was a new blend of traits and characteristics. After intense struggles in their relationship through several months, at the advice of their therapist, the couple began dating again to reestablish the emotional bonds that develop in the early days of a relationship. New memories and new love emerged.

On May 25, 1996, they married again, exchanging new vows and rings. "Only one thing can surpass forever the painful events we have felt. That is the love I have for you," Kim promised. 

Now, though they experience ups and downs like every other couple, they know that the love they share, a love based on their faith and to one another, can overcome all adversity. 

Today, Kim and Krickitt live in Farmington, New Mexico with their two children. Kim serves as the CEO of San Juan County and Krickitt is a substitute high school teacher.

To book inspirational speakers Kim and Krickitt Carpenter call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Inspiration, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Overcoming Adversity, Psychology / Relationships

  • Travels From:

    New Mexico

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    $7,500 - $10,000

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Krickitt Carpenter - Battle to Resolve

Kim & Krickitt Carpenter - Their Passion

Kim and Krickitt Carpenter are the real life true story behind the #1 Box Office hit movie, The Vow. They are also the authors of the New York Times #1 Best Selling Book, The Vow -The True Events that Inspired the Movie

The Carpenter’s have shared their story to a worldwide audience reaching an estimated 400 million people who have either seen read or heard their story. They are also a feature biography among books such as Chicken Soup for the Couples Soul. Dr. Carpenter and his wife have spent the past 12 years interviewing globally and presenting as national speakers. 

Their story has become the subject of more than 500 interviews worldwide to include two appearances in People Magazine and the Today Show, three appearances on Dateline NBC and Inside Edition, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and with Japanese, German, United Kingdom and Australian television and print media. 

Their movie debuted in 67 Countries ranking # 1 in the box office of several.  Their book is now in 17 languages worldwide including countries such as France, Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Poland, Japan, China, and others.   

THE STORY 
They met in September 1992 when Kim, a University Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach in New Mexico, called a California sportswear company to purchase team jackets. Krickitt Pappas took his order. They discovered they had much in common soon they were talking for several hours a week. In April of 1993 they met in person for the first time. Kim says, "It was like I had known her all my life." He proposed two months later, and they married September 18, 1993.

Less than ten weeks after their wedding, their vows were put to the ultimate test. A near fatal car crash would change everything. Kim and Krickitt both critically injured but Krickitt sustained far worse long term injuries. The car's roof collapsed around Krickitt and fractured her skull. She hung upside down for 70 minutes before rescuers were able to free her. The doctors doubted she would survive.

Within five days she was off life support but remained in a coma. As Krickitt was awoken by doctors 21 days later, Kim soon discovered that she would never be the same. 

The trauma to her brain caused retrograde and posttraumatic amnesia--erasing from her memory virtually all of the 18 months prior to the accident and 4 months after. Kim was heartbroken the day he heard his wife say she wasn't married. She had no memory of her husband either in her head or in her heart.

During the initial weeks of Krickitt's neurological rehabilitation, Kim was by her side pushing her toward recovery and trying to jog her memory with stories and photos. Krickitt, though, resented "that stranger" and told him that she does not know who he is, hated him, and to go back to where he came from.

With medical bills soaring, Kim returned to work. Many in his position might have left to make a fresh start; after all, 90 percent of the bills belonged to a woman who didn't know him. Kim did have doubts about their future, but he had made a vow. 

Krickitt was confused as to who she had been. The old Krickitt was gone; instead there was a new blend of traits and characteristics. After intense struggles in their relationship through several months, at the advice of their therapist, the couple began dating again to reestablish the emotional bonds that develop in the early days of a relationship. New memories and new love emerged.

On May 25, 1996, they married again, exchanging new vows and rings. "Only one thing can surpass forever the painful events we have felt. That is the love I have for you," Kim promised. 

Now, though they experience ups and downs like every other couple, they know that the love they share, a love based on their faith and to one another, can overcome all adversity. 

Today, Kim and Krickitt live in Farmington, New Mexico with their two children. Kim serves as the CEO of San Juan County and Krickitt is a substitute high school teacher.

To book inspirational speakers Kim and Krickitt Carpenter call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

The Carpenter Story

Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. The woman he had married essentially died in the accident. Against all odds, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. 

Learn from the Carpenters what it takes to overcome adversity in dealing with life’s challenges while you learn the intimate details of what they encountered behind this true and amazing story. Hear their personal thoughts as they endured this trial of overcoming the odds and what got them through it. It will inspire and motivate you through and through. 

Sub topics within the story include the living being a person of your word, keeping your commitments, change to better your marriage, the choice she made to love Kim a second time. 

Kim and Krickett may be booked as joint speakers or each as an individual speaker.

President and Executive Director, First Things First

Their popularity made it very easy to promote our fundraising event. The quality of their presentation was nothing short of a grand slam. I saw them at an event I attended a year before we had them at our event and knew I had to have them.

President of Live the Life

Kim and Krickitt have a true gift. They are truly inspiring and will engage you with such realness that you can actually feel their experience. It was emotional, powerful and extremely influential. I would recommend them to be a part of any kind of event. They’re genuine.

Rachel McAdams, Actress

They are incredible people that are really extraordinary. Amazing, amazing people with two beautiful children and a story of courage and perseverance that all should hear.

Ann Curry, NBC Today Show

I am blessed to have known the Carpenter’s over the past several years. These people are a real gift of life to millions when you hear their story.
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