Welcome to CalmandStrong
Darryl C. Richie is an inspirational speaker, author, blogger, and founder of CalmandStrong.
I was 14 years old when I was first diagnosed with knee cancer in 1999, and in 2003, the cancer came back in my right knee and I had to get my right leg amputated. Now I’m a hip amputee and could only walk with a prosthetic leg.
In 2009, I found my Garden of Eden when Sucker Punch Productions released the inFAMOUS videogame franchise. Superhero Cole MacGrath had a positive impact on my life, and my focus is to share my pain, struggle, and accomplishments with the world.
I feel my story is a superhero story because of the adversities I was forced to overcome, and it made sense to compare my story to my favorite superhero: Cole MacGrath.
To find out more information about my superhero story compared to Cole MacGrath’s superhero story, click here: https://conta.cc/2AizoDI
I created a GoFundMe account because I’m aware no big vision can be achieved alone. CalmandStrong came into existence in 2013, and I believe your help could give me the platform needed to reach a wide audience and the attention needed to partner with like-minded companies.
The money funded will go towards everything CalmandStrong, which means you will be helping teenagers and young adults who have or is currently experiencing a serious illness. With your help, I’ll be able to share my superhero story of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee for the world to see, and we will start the healing process together.
There are millions of PlayStation fans who are like myself that related to Cole on a more personal and emotional level that even Sucker Punch didn’t expect. My target audience are teenagers and young adults, which is also the target audience for the inFAMOUS videogame franchise.
Over the last few years, video games have been condemned within the mainstream media for contributing to violent crime. I believe sharing my experience about how the digital world of inFAMOUS has helped me within my personal life is a story that can change the negative narrative that surrounds video games. I also believe my story could help change people’s perception and perspective about video games.
What makes my inspirational story different and unique from others is that I connect my experiences and realities of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee to the digital world of inFAMOUS and Cole.
In 2017, I created a User-Generated Content (UGC) mission-level called “Digital Inspiration from Cole MacGrath” in inFAMOUS 2. Within the level, I met Cole and told him how he helped me decide to think positive and do something to help myself; or stay in a dark and depressing place because I didn’t have control of my situation when I became a hip amputee.
Digital Inspiration from Cole MacGrath
I posted the gameplay video on my social media profiles, and I received a “Tweet” reply from Sucker Punch Productions Co-Founder and Producer Brian Fleming, and he said:
“We see you, Darryl. #appreciation”
In 2018, I will be 33-years-old, and this year is my 15th year anniversary of being a cancer survivor.
I hope that I have conveyed my interest and experience to help others who have experienced similar situations as myself. I’m appreciative for any help that comes my way, and I welcome any opportunity to further discuss my qualifications.
My goal is to inspire the world with my superhero story.
Thanks for your support!
- Darryl C. Richie
Meaning Behind "CalmandStrong" Company Name
“CalmandStrong” Company Name: I have a calming personality, and I’m strong because of the adversities I was forced to overcome.
“Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind” Tagline: Captures my story connected with Cole’s perfectly because we are both strong minded, strong willed, and we followed through on the decisions we made in life.
“CalmandStrong” Logo: The doves flying around the world symbolize God’s angels who were protecting and healing me while I was battling cancer as a teenager.
"When you feel passionate about something, follow your instincts because Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind." - Darryl C. Richie
CalmandStrong is dedicated to all people from all ages that have ever experienced a serious illness, especially the teenagers and young adults who have sadly passed away from their illnesses.
I published my autobiography “CalmandStrong: Some People Walk in Each Other’s Shoes… I Carry Mine” in March 2018. Do you have a favorite bookstore? Click here: https://www.books2read.com/CalmandStrongBook
I joined Toastmasters at CSUSB and completed 20 speeches for Toastmasters International, and received two certificates: Competent Communicator, 2016 and Advanced Communicator Bronze, 2018.
In 2016, I received a certificate for completing over 100 hours as a Child Life volunteer at Loma Linda Children's Hospital, which is the same hospital I did my chemotherapy treatment as a teenager from 1999-2000 and 2002-2003.
I have written 129 blogs on my website (calmandstrong.net), and written 22 published articles on Vocal about many topics such as health and wellness, music, politics, racism and injustice, history, video games, crime investigations, and sports.
I graduated from Victor Valley College with an Associate Degree (AA) in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Journalism in 2008 (Victorville, CA).
I finished my undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Journalism and a Minor in Africana Studies in 2012 (Long Beach, CA).
Welcome to CalmandStrong
CalmandStrong: Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind
CalmandStrong: Storytelling Through Images
CalmandStrong: Retrospective Speech: https://www.calmandstrong.net/apps/blog/show/44836853-calmandstrong-retrospective-speech-
What Kind of Hero Are You?: https://www.calmandstrong.net/apps/blog/show/45576945-what-kind-of-hero-are-you-
CalmandStrong: Some People Walk in Each Other’s Shoes… I Carry Mine: https://www.calmandstrong.net/apps/blog/show/45511836-calmandstrong-some-people-walk-in-each-other-s-shoes-i-carry-mine-
The INFJ Personality Type and inFAMOUS: https://www.calmandstrong.net/apps/blog/show/45064532-the-infj-personality-type-and-infamous
Darryl C. Richie: Strength, Creativity, & Determination:
Origins of African Democracy and Spirituality: https://www.calmandstrong.net/apps/blog/show/45920359-origins-of-african-democracy-and-spirituality