Darryl C. Richie is an Inspirational Speaker, Author and founder of CalmandStrong. He is looking to inspire with his story of being a two-time cancer survivor. During his teen years, he had knee cancer called Osteosarcoma from 1999-2000 and 2002-2003.
Life is something that we as human beings should not take for granted because we don’t know what is in store for our future. Darryl has overcome many adversities already because when he was 14 years old, he was diagnosed with Stage I knee cancer called Osteosarcoma.
He only got to attend the first week at Silverado High School (Victorville, CA) in August 1999 during his freshman year because he had to undergo chemotherapy treatment. He also had to get a knee replacement and learned to walk with an artificial knee with help of physical therapy. After defeating cancer, he was able to return back to high school during his sophomore year in October 2000.
He was finally cancer free at last, and put his cancer battle behind him. It was a difficult adjustment for him because he was still getting used to having a knee replacement. He decided to do his own physical therapy after school, because he wasn’t able to run, and he was determined to try out for his high school basketball team.
Darryl came into his own his junior year because he made the Junior Varsity basketball team in 2001, and had a more positive outlook on life.
In the summer of 2002, he made the Summer League Varsity Basketball Team, and was looking forward to have a successful senior year of high school. At 17 years old, he noticed a sharp and throbbing pain in his right knee that he was well too familiar with when he was 14 years old.
He was devastated when he found out the cancer came back at Stage IV during his senior year of high school in October 2002. Darryl had to undergo chemotherapy treatment all over again.
While doing his chemotherapy treatment regimen, doctors ordered a biopsy. The Magnetic Resolution Imaging (MRI) showed that the cancer had traveled to his right lung. A needle biopsy was used to take the cancer off his right lung, which was a complete success.
Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women. An estimated 155,870 deaths are expected to happen in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.
Since Darryl already had a knee replacement, there was nothing further doctors could do but amputate his right leg to save his life in 2003. Now he is a hip amputee and could only walk with a prosthetic leg.
He was desperately looking for somebody to relate to because he was different and felt alone. He was insecure because all he wanted was his real leg back. In 2009, he had a connection with the inFAMOUS videogame franchise and superhero main protagonist (main character) Cole MacGrath. Cole is an ordinary bike messenger who gains electrical superpowers when a package he delivers explodes.
Darryl felt what he has been through is a superhero story because of the adversities that he was forced to overcome, and it made sense for him to compare his story to his favorite superhero: Cole MacGrath.
Darryl was at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital (Loma Linda, CA) hooked up to an IV pole with his Grandmother and Uncle by his bedside; similar to Cole (inFAMOUS videogame franchise) who was also in the hospital hooked up to an IV pole with his girlfriend Trish and best friend Zeke by his bedside.
In 1999, this photo was taken of him when he was 14 years old, and the other image he lifted from the original inFAMOUS, which was released in 2009.
He connected to the more human-side of Cole. For example, they were both forced to be in the hospital, deal with their burdens and overcame adversities that waited for them in the future.
Darryl also felt he knew what Cole was going through when electrical superpowers were forced upon him, because he was forced with having knee cancer twice during his teen years.
The game helped him make a decision: to think positive and do something to help himself; or stay in a dark and depressing place because he didn’t have control of his situation.
The inFAMOUS franchise showed him that what ever happened to him in the past cannot be changed, but he has the choice to do something about his future. The game gave him everything he has been looking for ever since his right leg got amputated at 17 years old. Darryl finally found somebody he could relate to with Cole’s inspirational story.
Darryl is looking to inspire teenagers and young adults with his story of being a two-time cancer survivor.
When you feel passionate about something, follow your instincts because Nothing is More Powerful than a Made up Mind – Darryl C. Richie
For more info :
CalmandStrong: The Connection Speech:
CalmandStrong: 2.5 Slideshow Video with inFAMOUS Music Mantage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiVCZ8yMigY