Darius Goes West

 

I know it’s short notice, but I only just got the details about this today.

This Friday, Feb 27th, there will be a free screening of the documentary “Darius Goes West” at 7 pm at the South Towne Expo Center, Room 200.

The film has won 28 film festival awards to date, and has raised $1.5 million for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

Summary from IMDB:

“Darius Weems, a 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, had never left his hometown of Athens, Georgia. In the summer of 2005, he and a group of young college students traveled across the country in a wheelchair-accessible RV to test accessibility in the United States. Their ultimate goal was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s hit show, “Pimp My Ride,” to customize Darius’s wheelchair. Along the way, they found joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.”

I’m proud to say that my step-brother, Kevin Wier, was one of the young men who accompanied his friend Darius on this trip, and that I was one of the many contributors who helped fund the trip.

Darius himself and the crew will be at the screening.

See more about the film at the Internet Movie Database or the Darius Goes West website.

There’s also a nice clip from the Today Show.

For those of you in other parts of the country, watch for it in your area. It’s really a wonderful thing that these kids did.

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5 Responses to Darius Goes West

  1. Chris says:

    Did they succeed in their quest??

  2. Stacey says:

    Yeah, what Chris said.

  3. Norma says:

    Wow, what a great thing. I will watch for it in my area.

  4. Thanks for the heads-up, Cheryl!

  5. Anne B. says:

    I saw a clip from this awhile ago, it looked really good. I’m not sure if I saw the Today show interview or another one, but it looked really good, and the friendship between the men was wonderful to see. Hope it comes up here!

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