God: For giving me strength to pull through my cancer ordeal. Always working in the background and orchestrating my vision of becoming an inspirational speaker and author.
Family: My intermediate family (My Parents, Brother and Sister) for always being supportive and being there for me. My extended family for keeping me in their prayers throughout the years and for also being supportive. “CalmandStrong” came into existence because I inherited my Mother’s creativity, my Father’s determination and my Grandmother’s strength.
friends who were around when I was sick during my teen years in high school and
those who believe in my vision.
My Life Coach: For encouraging me to become an inspirational speaker and recognizing that I have a unique story to tell. He also was the first person to believe in my vision about connecting my experiences and realities of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee to the digital world of the inFAMOUS videogame franchise and superhero Cole MacGrath.
Organizations and Educational Institutions
High Desert Primary Care: The Doctors and Staff for noticing that something was unusual in my body, and insisted more tests should be performed at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.
Loma Linda Children’s Hospital: Taking care of me when I was 14 and 17 years old during the darkest days of my life when I was diagnosed with knee cancer, had to get a knee replacement, had lung cancer and when I became a hip amputee.
Silverado High School, Victor Valley College and California State University, Long Beach: All the teachers, coaches, teammates, professors and counselors for their support, helped me with my education and the skills I acquired as a writer.
Toastmasters at CSUSB: Accepting me with open arms and letting me express my pain, struggle and accomplishments through public speaking. The Advisor of the club for helping me craft my inspirational speeches.
Inspiration from Entertainment
Video Games: inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) for giving Sucker Punch Productions the resources to create the inFAMOUS franchise and Cole MacGrath. Sucker Punch Productions for creating Cole MacGrath. A character that is an ordinary person, but still being able to overcome extra ordinary adversities.
Ice Cube: “Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind.”
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.