• CalmandStrong: Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind

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    Darryl C. Richie is an inspirational speaker and author looking to inspire with his story of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee.

    Audiences can expect to hear and read how I connect my experiences and realities to the digital world of the inFAMOUS videogame franchise and superhero Cole MacGrath.

    Inspiration from Entertainment: Within the PowerPoint, embedded are images and specific scenes from the inFAMOUS videogame franchise (inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2) that positively affected me along with interviews from the developer: Sucker Punch Productions.

    The art of the inFAMOUS videogame franchise, along with Nas’ Stillmatic and The Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia albums helped me believe that “Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind.”

    1999 to 2000: I was diagnosed with Stage I knee cancer called Osteosarcoma at the age of 14 years old. While doing chemotherapy treatment, I had to get a knee replacement, and learned how to walk with an artificial knee with help of physical therapy.

    2002 to 2003: At 17 years old, I noticed a sharp and throbbing pain in his knee that he was well too familiar with when I was 14 years old. I was devastated when he found out the cancer came back at Stage IV in the same knee.

    While doing my chemotherapy treatment regimen at 17 years old, the cancer had traveled to his right lung. A needle biopsy was used to take the cancer off my lung, which was a success.

    Since I already had a knee replacement, there was nothing further doctors could do but amputate my right leg to save my life in 2003. Now I’m a hip amputee and could only walk with a prosthetic leg.

    2004 to 2008: It was difficult for me to deal with the realization that I was going to be physically disabled for the rest of my life, and only walk with a prosthetic leg.

    2009: I had an emotional connection that changed my life when a videogame entitled, “inFAMOUS” was released May 26, 2009 for the PlayStation 3.

    I felt what I been through is a superhero story because of the adversities I was forced to overcome, and it made sense for me to compare my story to my favorite superhero: Cole MacGrath.

    How inFAMOUS Saved Darryl’s Life: The inFAMOUS franchise showed me whatever happened to me in the past cannot be changed, but I have the choice to do something about my future.

    The game gave me everything I have been looking for ever since my right leg got amputated at 17 years old. I finally found something I could relate to with Cole’s inspirational story.

    I overcame many adversities and graduated from Victor Valley College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Journalism in 2008.

    I also finished his undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach with A Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Minor in Africana Studies in 2012.

    “When you feel passionate about something, follow your instincts because “Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind.” - Darryl C. Richie

    Website: http://www.calmandstrong.net/


    I do not own any image or video content from the from the inFAMOUS videogame franchise.

    No Copyright Intended. All image and video content is copyright to their respective owners. All content is property of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), developed by Sucker Punch Productions.

    I do not own any content from the images and songs from the artist's displayed from Nas' Stillmatic album cover and Stillmatic (The Intro) song. The Pharcyde's Labcabincalifornia album cover and Runnin’.

    No Copyright Intended. All song and image content is copyright to their respective owners. All Rights go to Nas. SME On behalf of Columbia Records

    All rights go to The Pharcyde.

    BicycleMusicCompany, Inc., Distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc.

    The Pharcyde’s Runnin’ music video courtesy of PharcydeVEVO from YouTube.com


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