By Toriano L. Porter – toriano.porter@examiner.net
The Independence Examiner
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Independence Native Lucas Boyce’s Success Story finds home in Newly released bookIndependence, MO —

To Lucas Boyce, “The First 30” sounded like an amazing title for his first book.

That was two years ago when a then-29-year-old Boyce, an Independence native who now works in the front office of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, was in the midst of completing a manuscript about the first 30 years of his life.  After letting his librarian mother Dorothy read the unfinished product, Boyce had a writer’s epiphany. “I started about two years ago and the title was totally different,” Boyce said. “‘The First 30’ didn’t quite fit right.”

From his mother’s critique came “Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA,” Boyce’s completed book now available in paperback from Advantage Media Group on barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

An electronic version of the book is available at Boyce’s website, www.lucasdanielboyce.com, and 10 percent of all speaking fees and proceeds from his book will be donated to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.  “My mom came up with the title “Living Proof.” Boyce said. “It’s kind of like a living testimony about when faith, determination and opportunity meet with grace anything can happen.”

Boyce, director of Multicultural Insights, Cause Marketing, and Government Affairs for the Magic, attended Center Place Restoration School in Independence before making the 45-mile trek to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.  He graduated cum laude with a degree in political science and speech communication, but not before interning at the White House.

Boyce’s time at the White House was rewarded when George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 hired him, first as a staff assistant, and then later promoted him to executive assistant to the Deputy Assistant to the President after Bush took office.  He left the White House to take a position with the Magic and was recently named to the Orlando Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list.

The 31-year Boyce has an amazing testimony he shares in “Living Proof,” an 11-chapter, 228-page book about an illegitimate, black foster care child adopted by a white family.  “I think Lucas has something to say about transracial adoption,” Dorothy Boyce said. “He has a point of view that was good for me to read because we’ve never really talked  about it. I think he has something to say about in America your circumstances don’t define you.

“You just get to work, get busy and define some goals. Who knows what’s going to happen next? You just get yourself prepared, and if you’re prepared doors will open.”

The book offers a detailed account of Boyce’s upbringing, which includes being born prematurely to an alcohol-and drug-addicted prostitute.

“I was born to a drug- and alcohol-addicted person who sold her body for drugs. I have no clue who my dad is,” Boyce said. “One of the central themes of the book is that it doesn’t matter where you come from. It doesn’t matter who your parents are or what your background is or what neighborhood you live.

“It doesn’t matter whether you go to Truman or whether you go to Chrisman, you can accomplish your dreams if you’re really committed.”

Boyce has shared his story many times before, but only after prodding from his current boss – Orlando Magic senior vice-president Pat Williams – did Boyce take the necessary steps to bring his experiences to the masses. Now that the book is out, Boyce hopes his story is a launching pad for anyone with serious doubts about the grace of God.

“It’s been a neat journey,” Boyce said of completing the book. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about other people. It’s very exciting.”