Kareem was born on May 21, 1982 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is the youngest of three brothers, raised by two Christian parents. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn in June of 2000. After graduating from high school, he attended college in Orangeburg, South Carolina. At college he started in the fast lane: partying, women, drugs, alcohol. On the way home to a Christmas break, he shared a blunt with a fellow traveler; a questionable character. Several days later he came down with flu-like symptoms, which was diagnosed as Bacterial Meningitis. Kareem survived, one of the one percent, but lost his hands. After his recovery, Kareem had two major goals, which were to write his autobiography, now accomplished, and continuing his college career, which he is now doing. He has a bright outlook for his future. About his book, Kareem says: "I hope this book can bring America’s youth to realize the dangers of the wrong lifestyle and mentality. I never thought that such a tragedy could have happened to me, or was possible. I felt that I was an exception, invincible. None of us can take life for granted.