Osamu Ichikawa has brain paralysis and isn’t able to move the rest of his body below his neck. He uses gaming to escape and is an avid Street Fighter player. He dreams of going to EVO 2012 but he needs your help to do so. Read his message below and if you’re interested in helping this man, you can head here.
I am a 29-year-old street fighter with brain paralysis. I was diagnosed with the condition when I was one, and have been living with a wheelchair in my entire life.
I’ve always loved video games, and in growing up, I played a lot of NES at home with my friends and family. Video games give me the chance to be free from the physical disadvantages and differences. I can communicate with no problem, but I cannot move the rest of my body below my neck. I began playing the SF series after watching Umehara-san. He has been a great inspiration to me in playing SF. I play Street Fighter using my cheek and chin, which is a style I became settled with through years of experimentation.
Growing up, I could not go to arcades despite my strong desire because there was no wheel chair access and no controller. Even today, the situation has not been improved much. I would love to come to EVO 2012 this summer. I think of EVO as the greatest tournament in the world and have always wanted to attend. I would love to play against people from all over the world, and be in the same room and in the same moment and share the passion and energy with my fellow players. There,
my handicap doesn’t exist.
I am so grateful for any support you can offer to try and make my dream come true. Thank you so much!
- Osamu Ichikawa