Celebrated Father Overcame Poverty and Mental Illness to Help His Son Earn a Scholarship to Harvard

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The Darryl Webster story is the amazing true tale of one man's journey of growing up in poverty achieving against the odds to be the first in his family to earn a college degree. He decided to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and families by becoming a social worker. He has received numerous local and national awards for his community work. He took his agony with mental illness clinical depression and successful recovery and found a new mission in life. He has written a well received book to help the millions of others who are stressed out experiencing depression find hope and solace in their time of sadness.

In his inspirational new book, I Think I’m Going Crazy: Hope for People Suffering from Stress, Anxiety and Depression (September 2010, Achievement-Destiny Corporation), Darryl Webster shares his amazing true tale of how he raised his family in a rough inner-city community overcame mental illness and helped his children become star athletes. His son Christian, was Maryland’s basketball Gatorade Player of the Year and the Washington Post Trilling Award winner, earned a scholarship to Harvard.

Webster spent years suffering in silence, shame, and self-doubt from the stigma of mental illness. He turned his struggles into a passion that changed the course of his life. He channeled his emotional pain into a devotion to his community and family. The journey was a long road filled with obstacles and ultimately triumphs. Anyone dealing with mental illness and adversity will be inspired to achieve against the odds.

An inspiring story like no other, I Think I’m Going Crazy shows us what’s possible when you never give up, even in your darkest hour. Last spring, Christian led the Landon Bears, in Bethesda, Maryland, to the school’s first championship since 1961. As father and son hugged, their embrace meant more than anyone knew. Webster and his son had both achieved against the odds. Their journey had come full circle.

This inspirational story shows what is possible when you persevere despite obstacles. Christian is now a rising star at Harvard University and will help the Crimson pursue their first basketball championship in the program history next season.

Darryl Webster has received many local and national awards for his work with disadvantaged children and families, including the USA Today Hero Award, and the Men’s Health Magazine, National All-Star Dad of the Year award. A Washington Post cover story on his efforts to save children was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is married to his high school sweetheart Deborah, together now for 27 years. He has two other children, Tiffany and Taylor both exceptional student-athletes. Darryl Webster is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years experience.

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