Help Osamu Ichikawa attend EVO 2012

Osamu Ichikawa is a fan of Street Fighter from Japan who had to deal with the challenges of brain paralysis his whole life. But that hasn’t stopped him from pressing forward and becoming a serious gamer in his own right. Using his cheek and chin Osamu uses his fighting pad to play the games that he loves. His dreams now include attending EVO 2012 for a chance to prove to the world his skills.

Here’s a message from Osamu;

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

Osamu also directs a non-profit org for handicapped people aimed around fulfilling their social needs as well as addressing issues in order to improve their life in Japan. So if you got some extra cash laying around you can donate here to help Osamu realize his dream and attend EVO 2012. At the time of this article there is fourteen days remanding to reach the goal of this great cause.

[source: Capcom Unity]

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