A crew of college age students take Darius Weems, a fifteen-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on a cross-country trip to test the accessibility of America, and reach their goal of getting MTV’s Pimp My Ride to pimp out Darius’ wheelchair. And so begins the story of the documentary Darius Goes West.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, most common in boys, causes deterioration of skeletal muscles, disabling children to wheelchairs before they are teens, and eventually causing death in late teens to early twenties.
Though I haven’t yet seen the film, the story is already one of inspiration to me. Prior to this trip, Darius had never been outside of his hometown of Athens, Georgia. Testing the accessibility of America should be a great eye opener to us all. Though it’s difficult to compare, I have been to New York with someone with a foot injury and moving around was extremely difficult, even for that mild – and temporary – disability.
So does Darius get his wheelchair pimped by Xzibit and Mad Mike? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out. Or you could read a spoiler – which has some interesting thoughts (and comments) around the entire situation, or watch the tear-jerking, also spoiling, edition of Nightline.
If you live in LA, you’re in luck. See the film in Beverly Hills at Laemmle’s starting today, August 24. It will play through August 30, 2007. Tickets are $10. It will also be showing in Aberdeen, SD; Birmingham, AL; Chico, CA; and Ft. Worth, TX in the coming weeks and months. All profits will go to Charley’s Fund – so go see it.
We hear Darius is now a junior in high school and remains a fighter.