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Obituary and Memorial Video for Darius Weems

Posted: October 15, 2016

As published in the editorial section of the Athens Banner Herald on Thursday, October 13th 2016:
Three hundred yards of sand separate Darius Weems and his wheelchair from the Pacific Ocean. We are with him – 11 friends holding two video cameras and a bedsheet we found in the back of our RV. Three thousand miles [...]

Friends, Here are the Details for Darius’s Funeral…

Posted: October 11, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016
11:00 AM
Ebenezer Baptist Church West
205 N. Chase St.
Athens, GA 30606
Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park
3655 Atlanta Hwy.
Athens, GA 30606
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to or
We’re so grateful for all of your kind notes, posts, text messages and calls. It’s very heartening to see what an incredible impact Darius’s [...]

Rest In Peace, Darius Weems

Posted: October 09, 2016

Please mourn with us DGW Fans.

Our beloved Darius Weems, age 27, passed away due to DMD-related cardiopulmonary failure. Concerned with a persistent cough, Darius’s sister, Maroneisha Robinson, helped him check into Athens Regional Medical Center on Friday morning. While visiting with a physician his symptoms progressed rapidly, and he was transferred, unconscious, to the [...]

The first treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been approved by the FDA…and you helped!

Posted: September 19, 2016

Historic News! On the heels of Big Daddy’s 27th birthday, the first ever treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been approved by the FDA! If you’re a DGW fan, then you know we’ve literally been waiting a lifetime to say those words.
Many incredible DMD orgs have ushered in this momentous day. They’ve worked tirelessly to [...]

Darius Goes West is on Netflix!

Posted: December 16, 2014

We are the proud recipients of one awesome holiday gift…
Darius Goes West is now streaming on Netflix!
You can help millions of people discover the film for the first time by simply adding a rating, recommending it to friends, leaving a comment on Netflix, or by adding it to your watch queue [...]

Happy 25th Birthday Darius!

Posted: September 26, 2014

Darius turns 25 today, and we have a surprise for him. We hope you’ll get in on the fun and help us pull it off…
Our idea is to mark the quarter of century that Big D has spent living life to the fullest by:
1. Trying to get everyone who has seen Darius Goes West to [...]

Help Us Celebrate 10 Years of Darius Goes West!

Posted: June 17, 2014

It’s been ten amazing years since former Mayor Heidi Davison proclaimed July 22 as Darius Goes West Day. Over the last decade, our annual celebration of the life of Darius Weems has grown from a day to a weekend to almost a week of events. This [...]

Calling All Daredevils…Will You Jump for Darius?

Posted: May 14, 2014

What up, DGW Supporters?

So, we’ve already dared you to eat a spoonful of wasabi—just like Darius did in our movie—by taking the Goslabi Challenge. Thousands of you have gulped down this flaming hot sushi spice and helped us raise over $100,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) research.

Now we double dog dare you [...]

Save the Date: 10th Annual Darius Goes West Weekend!

Posted: May 01, 2014

Can you believe we’ll be celebrating our 10th Annual Darius Goes West Weekend in July? It seems like just yesterday when hundreds of Athenians gathered at the Courthouse and (then) Mayor Heidi Davison presented us all with keys to the city and officially declared it “Darius Goes West Day” before sending us on our way [...]


Posted: January 26, 2014

If you’re 18 or over and a fan of Texas Hold ‘Em, Darius Goes West, Inc. is offering you a rare opportunity to test your skills against two Vegas pros on [...]

Vegas Comes to Athens: Who’s All In?

Posted: January 09, 2014


If you’re 18 or over and a fan of Texas Hold ‘Em, Darius Goes West, Inc. is offering you a rare opportunity to test your skills against two Vegas pros on Saturday, February [...]

9th Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)! Drive in movie + 5k race!

Posted: July 19, 2013

Check out this blog slide show to see how this year’s 9th Annual Darius Goes Day(s) celebration is going to be bigger and better than ever! If you want to support this event, please click here.

First some history. Nine years ago….(seriously!?)

Every year we try to outdo the previous year.

This year we’re going big.

Because every year [...]


Posted: November 23, 2012


(1) ABC NIGHTLINE! They devoted their entire show to Darius/DMD on Thanksgiving night. If you missed it, here’s a link to the awesome story. Feel free to share with family and friends.
(2) BIG DADDY WEEMS! Big news: Darius’ first album is finished! [...]

WANTED: 100 New Goslabi Captains

Posted: October 23, 2012

GREAT NEWS: DMD research has never been more promising (click here to read about some awesome new study results), but it continues to be underfunded. We want to remedy that and are asking 100 of our most passionate supporters to step up and sign up to be Goslabi Captains. Will YOU be [...]

Help Us Surprise Darius On His 23rd Birthday!

Posted: September 23, 2012

Join the Fun…and Tell Your Friends…
KNOW ABOUT IT…The Darius Goes West crew is throwing a massive online surprise birthday party for Darius, who turns 23 on September 27. YOU’RE INVITED, and we hope you’ll RSVP “yes.”
BTW, you don’t [...]

8th Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)!!!

Posted: July 13, 2012

Darius Weems recently completed a 30 day “Believe” Tour of the Northeast, where he shared his new music with thousands of rabid middle/high school fans. In mid-June, he had his final visit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, where he participated in a year-long clinical trial for older boys with DMD who have heart [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Barbara

Posted: June 13, 2012

Since the Believe Tour started, many folks have asked about the members of D’s new crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help share his music and his mission. Next up: Barbara!

Barbara Smalley handles all of the logistics of the Darius Goes West Foundation. On the [...]

A New 13th Crew member in Rochester

Posted: June 13, 2012

Quote of the day: “H-E-double-hockey-sticks YEAH I’m excited.”–Wayne Central student, on his reaction to Darius’s visit.
From Syracuse, the gang headed west to Ontario Center, NY.

First up was a cookout with host Nicole Favreau and some members of the Wayne Central School District. It was a fun chance to get to know some of the students, [...]

Recent Press for the Believe Tour, Including MTV!

Posted: June 06, 2012

Obviously, your favorite place for information on Darius and the Believe Tour is this blog. And who can blame you! Well-written and featuring dynamite photos from Dylan Wilson (plus assorted iPhones), the blog is pretty sweet.

However, Darius has also been spreading the word to plenty of “real” journalists.

So, if you prefer “legitimate journalism”, produced by [...]

JDMS: The Return

Posted: June 06, 2012

Quote of the day: “DARIUS! DARIUS! DARIUS!”–JDMS students chanting.
From Saranac Lake, the crew headed to Syracuse for a return to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School.

First, though, we ate burgers and dogs grilled by friend-of-the-cause Melissa Dardaris, aka Dardar.

Hangin’ with Dardar was a great way to kick off our Syracuse stay. We enjoyed horse shoes (team Pete-and-Amble took [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Amble

Posted: June 06, 2012

Since the Believe Tour started, many folks have asked about the members of D’s new crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help him share his music and his mission. Next up: Amble!

Find me on facebook as: Amble Johnson

Near the top of my playlist: Stand By [...]

Sweet Music In Saranac Lake

Posted: June 05, 2012

Quote of the day:”Put a little love in your heart”–sung by Saranac Lake Middle School students to Darius.
After our few days in Maine, the gang made its way back to New York state.

At the end of a gorgeous drive, we got to Saranac Lake, to meet with Saranac Lake Middle School.

Teacher Christina Grant brought us [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Ced

Posted: June 05, 2012

Since the Believe Tour has gotten started, many folks have asked about the new members of D’s crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help him share his music and his mission. Next up: Ced!

Find him on Facebook as: Cedric Curry. (He’s been on for about [...]

Nightline Joins the Crew in Maine

Posted: June 03, 2012

Quote of the day: “This is what it’s like AFTER you’ve cleaned it??”–Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden, after stepping into the DGW van.
After an awesome Memorial Day Weekend in Maine, D and the crew got back to work, fortified with lobster and the greatest strawberry rhubarb pie in the history of the universe.

First, Mo (with help from [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Dirt

Posted: June 03, 2012

Since the Believe Tour has gotten started, many folks have asked about the new members of D’s crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help him share his music and his mission. Next up: Dirt!

Find him on Facebook (and Soundcloud) as: Duddy Ken.

Near the top of [...]

Memorial Day in Maine

Posted: June 02, 2012

Quote of the day: “You know, like Bullwinkle”–Barbara, citing Rocky and Bullwinkle for all of her moose-related knowledge.

After visiting Vermont and New Hampshire, Darius and the crew put their feet up and relaxed for Memorial Day Weekend. Thanks to the awesome folks at the Fireside Inn & Suites, we were treated to six complimentary rooms [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Pete

Posted: June 02, 2012

Since the Believe Tour has gotten started, many folks have asked about the new members of D’s crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help him share his music and his mission. Next up: Pete!

Find him on Facebook as: Pete doesn’t have Facebook (yet). His full [...]

Service in Vermont, and the Top of Mt. Washington

Posted: June 02, 2012

Quote of the day: “Did you seriously just leave me?”–Barbara, after a certain unnamed driver / blogger drove from a hotel in New Hampshire without our road manager. Oops!
From Connecticut, the crew headed to Jericho, Vermont. Shout out to “cousin” Lesley Robinson for hooking us up with rooms at the Doubletree in Burlington and to [...]

Cornwall and Greens Farms, and a Happy Birthday

Posted: May 31, 2012

Quote of the day: “You want to talk about moving mountains, these two showed great perseverance in bringing Darius and his crew to our school today”–Cornwall Central High School Principal Frank Sheboy, praising Stephanie Catalioto and Kerry Cullen for their work in the fight against DMD.
After his NYC sojourn, D led the crew to nearby [...]

Believe Tour Crew Profile: Mo

Posted: May 31, 2012

Since the Believe Tour has gotten started, many folks have asked about the new members of D’s crew. In this ongoing series, we’ll take a look at the people traveling with Darius to help him share his music and his mission. First up: Mo!

Find him on Facebook as: Ju St Mo. (As in, “just Mo”.)

Near [...]

Big D Back in NYC

Posted: May 31, 2012

Quote of the day: “I’m never going to forget this trip.”–Ced, toward the end of his first visit to NYC and the end of Week 1 on the road.

After our Long Island visit, the crew piled into our van. Next stop…

New York City!

One of the most common questions Darius gets is, “So where is your [...]

Darius Goes to the Hamptons, Daaaahling

Posted: May 28, 2012

Quote of the day: “I wish you could experience what I’m seeing with my eyes right now.”–rapper / producer Dirt, to his daughter over the telephone from an incredible Long Island vista over the ocean.
From Pennsylvania, the crew loaded up and set sail for Long Island, NY.

Long Island has had a special connection with Darius [...]

Darius Visits the Sandors in Fleetwood

Posted: May 28, 2012

Quote of the day: “Did y’all see that horse-and-buggy?”–Pete (Darius’s stepdad)
After hanging with Tracy and gang in Delaware, D led the crew west to Fleetwood, PA.

The drive there was gorgeous, and included several passages through Mennonite country. Passing a horse-and-buggy on the highway (and even seeing one parked at a gas station!) was a mind-blowing [...]

D Heads North to Delaware

Posted: May 23, 2012

Quote of the day: Man, we need to take classes for sign language.”–new crew member Ced, after our visit to the Delaware School for the Deaf.
After Chapel Hill, D and crew headed to Newark, Delaware, for another school performance.

This time, the Delaware School for the Deaf hosted us.

Long time friend of the crew Tracy Holmes [...]

First Stop: Chapel Hill

Posted: May 22, 2012

Quote of the day: “On the road again.”–Darius, as he pulled out of Athens for another adventure.

For the first stop on the Believe Tour, highlighting Darius’s raps, D and crew headed to Chapel Hill, NC. It was a warm place when we visited in 2009, and it continues to hold a special place in Darius’s [...]


Posted: May 12, 2012

In mid-June, Darius is finishing up a year-long clinical trial at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and we’re optimistic that the treatment he’s been receiving could very well extend his life! In the past couple of years, he has lost nearly 100 pounds, and early this year, he signed a record deal to put out [...]

25 Days, 11 States, 10,000+ Students, 1 Goal… THE DGW “BELIEVE” TOUR

Posted: May 05, 2012

Earlier this year, Darius signed a record deal with New South Entertainment and recently released three inspirational rap songs on iTunes geared to his core crowd of young and impressionable youth. And once again, he is taking to the road to raise awareness of his disease (Duchenne muscular dystrophy) and inspire and connect with students [...]

Stranded, Rescued, and Wheels are Spinnin’ Again

Posted: March 23, 2012

A few of us took Darius to his second to last clinical trial visit at Johns Hopkins, driving all day Sunday to arrive in Baltimore at midnight. His one-hour appointment on Monday was smooth sailing, then we headed over to Newark, DE, where DGW “13th crew member” Tracy Holmes manages the University of Delaware Marriott [...]

Reviews for Big Daddy Weems are Un”BELIEVE”able!

Posted: March 02, 2012

In just over a week, hundreds of DGW supporters have checked out Darius’ new EP on iTunes, and feedback has been phenomenal. Here’s a small sampling of what folks are saying…
“Amazing work by an amazing guy”
“These songs are so great. I can’t wait to hear more.”
“I’m soooo turnt up…looping this album all morning.”
“Great rhymes backed [...]

“Big Daddy Weems” is “So Turned Up!”

Posted: February 20, 2012

Darius Weems, aka “Big Daddy Weems,” has signed with New South Entertainment to release his first album. Bobby Stamps, head of New South, which also reps Bubba Sparxxx, watched Darius perform at this past summer’s 7th Annual Darius Goes West Weekend concert and offered him a deal shortly thereafter. Big Daddy Weems’ first album should [...]

Darius Weems aka “Grind Time!”

Posted: November 06, 2011

BIG NEWS! Darius has signed a contract with New South Entertainment to put out his first rap CD!!! New South’s Bobby Stamps, who will be co-managing Darius’ new rap career, also manages rap superstar Bubba Sparxxx. Bubba performed at our Seventh Annual Darius Goes West Weekend in July.
Darius has already spent many hours in the [...]

Seventh Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)

Posted: July 07, 2011

It’s been said that seven is a lucky number, and we at DGW are feeling particularly lucky these days. Darius was recently accepted to participate in a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and the treatment he’s getting could very well extend his life! When we took our first trip our West to film [...]

Team Goslabi Runs the Chicago Marathon

Posted: November 08, 2010

On 10.10.10, ten members of Team Goslabi ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in an effort to raise awareness and money for Darius Goes West.

Of the 10 members of the team, 9 were first-time marathoners. In fact, most didn’t even consider themselves “runners.” They trained in their respective parts of the country in the [...]

Darius turns 21…TODAY!

Posted: September 27, 2010

TODAY is the 21st birthday of Darius Weems.
After spending nearly five years on the road raising money and awareness for his disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), it is safe to say that almost no one deserves a drink more than “Big D.”
Darius doesn’t want any alcohol for his birthday, though. He doesn’t drink. Instead, Darius [...]

Celebrate D’s 21st with a Vegas poker tourney!

Posted: August 29, 2010

We invite you to help us celebrate 21 years of Darius Weems! To mark this special day, pro poker players/DGW fans, Bryan Devonshire and Gavin Smith are throwing a No-Limit Texas Hold em’ tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can reserve your seat today by clicking the link below. OR, if you’re not into poker, [...]

6th DGW Day(s) - Report + Pictures

Posted: July 29, 2010

The 6th Annual DGW Day festivities ended with a bang as fans lifted Darius to the stage in downtown Athens, GA, enabling him to drop a few verses with Grammy-nominated rap artists, The Nappy Roots. That’s how the festivities ended. This is how they began….

Six years ago, Mayor Heidi Davidson christened Darius and the crew’s [...]

Sixth Annual Darius Goes West Day

Posted: June 28, 2010

This year is going to be even more insane than last year. We have almost a WEEK of exciting activities planned for the sixth annual DGW Day.
1. A poker tournament with a Vegas sized grand prize
2. A massive Carnival
3. A local screening of the film
4. A Rock ‘N Rap Concert featuring Modern Skirts, Yelawolf & [...]

Teachers entitled to one free DVD

Posted: April 10, 2010

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The Occasion
On Saturday, April 10, 2010, a short trailer for the multi-award-winning feature length documentary, Darius Goes West, won “Best YouTube Nonprofit Video [...]

NEW Left-Handed DVD!

Posted: April 01, 2010

For Immediate Release—The Darius Goes West Organization is very excited to announce its newest innovation—a complete redesign of the case surrounding the Darius Goes West DVD. The project is called “Darius Goes Southpaw.”

As you can see in the picture above, every part of the DVD packaging has been rotated 180 degrees. The overhaul is [...]

Want to play hide and seek? DGW Geocaching!

Posted: February 04, 2010

Darius Goes West is now part of a high-tech treasure hunting game played by millions throughout the world called Geocaching (see video below).
The basic idea of Geocaching is for adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices (iphones included) to hit the great outdoors and locate hidden containers, called [...]

D Turns 20!

Posted: October 12, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Happy birthday, Darius!”–MTV to Darius, upon screening Darius Goes West on MTV2 and MTVU.
Thanks to the hard work of people at the Do Something Awards, MTV, and DGW supporters, Darius Goes West made its world TV premiere on MTV 2 and mtvU on Darius’s 20th birthday.

To celebrate this huge accomplishment, D [...]

Darius Goes Back to Gator-Land

Posted: October 12, 2009

Quote of the Day: “How about that crowd? That’s the first time I’ve been nervous for a Q-and-A in…a while”–Darius, talking about the crowd of 1700.

At a recent trip to Gainesville, Florida, Darius and co. met up with some old friends…as well as some amazing new ones.

Huge props to Claudia Senesac, Krista Vanderborne, Donovan Loft, [...]

Darius Goes West: MTV Broadcast Details

Posted: September 19, 2009

In 2005, Darius Weems, and his eleven best friends left their hometown of Athens, GA. They set a course for California, where Darius hoped to raise awareness for his disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), by convincing MTV to customize his wheelchair on the hit show, Pimp my Ride.
DMD is the number one genetic killer [...]

Camp Promise-West

Posted: September 02, 2009

Quote of the week: “Daniel…good…to…see…you…” -All of camp after Logan told the kids it would annoy Daniel.

August 16–23, Camp Promise-West took place at Camp Stand By Me in Vaughn, WA. It was a camp for 30 kids with neuromuscular diseases, including DMD, created in response to the sudden nationwide cancellation of the camps these kids [...]

DGW Day “STILL SPINNIN’” Memento Packages Available Now!!!

Posted: July 28, 2009

(Awesome Limited-Time Deal!)

Our Fifth Annual Darius Goes West Day (actually a whirlwind WEEKEND of activities) was a blast! If you missed the fun in Athens, GA on July 17- 18, you can see photos and read all about it here, plus enjoy a ton more great shots taken at our Friday night carnival by [...]

DGW Weekend

Posted: July 22, 2009

Quote of the day: I’m on a mission homey. / Come ride with me homey”–excerpt from the rap Darius performed with Nappy Roots at this year’s DGW Weekend.
On this day, four years ago, Mayor Heidi Davison declared July 22nd Darius Goes West Day in Athens. It was the first day of the trip that would [...]

School Visits in New York City

Posted: July 21, 2009

Quote of the day: “Really? REALLY?!”–Daniel, upon the RV breaking down in New York.

Our fourth trip to New York City in the past seven months began with disaster: the RV broke down. In the middle of Lower Manhattan traffic. In the pouring rain.

While Daniel and Jason selflessly waited for a tow truck, the rest of [...]

A Night at the Movies to Benefit Charley’s Fund

Posted: July 21, 2009

Quote of the day: “We direct money into the hands of researchers who have the best shot at developing a treatment or cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our goal is to cure DMD in time to save Charley’s life and the lives of thousands of boys like him”–mission statement for Charley’s Fund.

After Chicago, the RV [...]

Back in the Windy City

Posted: July 21, 2009

Quote of the day: “I would have to say Chicago’s my favorite city”–Ben, after our second visit to the “second city”.
DGW’s tear through the Midwest continued with a trip to Chicago. Our host was Terin Izil, daughter of supporter April Quint. April hooked it up during our stay in western Washington last winter, so we [...]

DGW at the Gateway to the West

Posted: July 21, 2009

Quote of the day: “What’s a Boilermaker?”–Ben, asking about Purdue University’s mascot.

After Mississippi, the DGW crew headed north to St. Louis for a visit hosted by Jay Sowar. (We didn’t get a chance to go to the Arch itself, but word is it’s still not accessible. What gives, St. Lou?)

Jay goes to St. Louis University [...]

Reminder: DGW Weekend July 17-18!!!

Posted: July 09, 2009

July 17-18, please join us for DGW Weekend in Athens, GA. We have festivities going on all weekend!
Friday, July 17, come check out our set up at the Student Presbyterian Center, 1250 S. Lumpkin Street, from 6-10 PM. There, you can challenge Darius in his favorite video games! Or check out the RV that’s traveled [...]

Po’ Boys in West Monroe and a Trip to the Coke Plant in Hattiesburg

Posted: July 03, 2009

Quote of the Day: “His nickname is Fred Astaire, he’s such a phenomenal dancer”—Daniel, talking about DGW photographer and dance maverick Kevin.

After our stop at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, we jumped across the Louisiana border to West Monroe for a screening.

It was organized by Lori Ware (against wall), Richie Grant, and the students [...]

DGW Heads Back to Mississippi

Posted: July 03, 2009

Quote of the Day: “We’re very, very close—really on the cusp”—geneticist Dr. Abdul-Raman, talking about a cure for DMD at DGW’s Mississippi Medical School screening.

After our Kentucky stop, the Darius Goes West crew headed southwest for a quick visit at Oxford, MS.

The screening was set up by Michael Stevens, president of Ole Miss’s Kappa Alpha [...]

DGW Weekend July 17-18: You’re Invited!

Posted: June 26, 2009

July 17-18, please join us for DGW Weekend in Athens, GA. We have festivities going on all weekend!
Friday, July 17, come check out our set up at the Student Presbyterian Center, 1250 S. Lumpkin Street, from 6-10 PM. There, you can challenge Darius in his favorite video games! Or check out the RV that’s traveled [...]

DGW In the Bluegrass State

Posted: June 26, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Could one person have made this happen?…If you will just pass your passion to one more person, it spreads like crazy.”—Belinda Ray, our host at Russellville, KY.

From Washington, DC, the crew made its way west for a stop at George Clooney’s hometown of Lexington, KY.

There, Rob Theakston, Lynda Matusek, and the [...]

Visiting an Atlanta School, a Maryland Conference, and a DC Baseball Game

Posted: June 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: “This is great!”—Jason, weighed down with $75 worth of food and drinks, at a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Next up, the DGW crew struck for a visit to Atlanta’s Lovett High School, then to Washington DC for another visit at the nation’s capital.
A few of the guys stuck around Athens to help [...]

Darius Talks About His Health

Posted: June 22, 2009

After returning home from a recent trip, Darius went to the doctor to check out a cough that had been bugging him for a while. While there, Darius was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He is now taking medicine for his heart and is on a special diet. He remains upbeat and is feeling much [...]

Do Something! Results

Posted: June 09, 2009

MTV Shows
UPDATE: Tune in tonight to watch Jane Lynch host the 2010 DoSomething Awards on VH1.
Earlier this week, Darius and four other winners of the prestigious Do Something! Awards were honored. The ceremony took place at New York’s famed Apollo Theater. Take a look at MTV News coverage of the event in the box above, [...]

Help Darius Win $100,000 for Charley’s Fund!

Posted: May 28, 2009

The mission of the Do Something Awards is to celebrate and empower the most outstanding young world-changers. Like Darius, Do Something believes in the power of students to make a difference.
Darius and Do Something’s ideals match closely. That made an interview Darius had with 95.5 the Beat that much more special. In it, Do Something [...]

Gala In Memphis, + Yes I Can! Award

Posted: May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day: “You think that’s their real signatures?”—Darius, talking about a basketball signed by the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, an item up for auction (and, yes, they were real signatures).

After Pennsylvania, Darius and the crew made the trek to Memphis, Tennessee, in a return to one of our favorite places.
There, we caught up [...]

Darius in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Posted: May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Slow down, Andrew”—Darius, to a crew-member chowing down on Trix cereal.

Next up for D and gang was a trip to New Jersey’s Princeton University, where we were welcomed by Princeton Disabilities Awareness.

Our coordinator for this visit, long-time friend and past host Amy Coenen, is a Princeton alum now living in New [...]

Syracuse Again, Pt. III

Posted: May 07, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Technical foul on Mr. Smith!”—Heather, referee in the crew-vs.-faculty wheelchair basketball game, T-ing up JDMS’s principal.
Day three in the ‘Cuse was packed with even more fun!

First up was a return to Jamesville Dewitt Middle School…

where D was welcomed back like a king.

JDMS is the home of Heather Meyer, Melissa, Dardaris, Laura [...]

Syracuse Again, Pt. II

Posted: May 07, 2009

Quote of the Day: “I don’t know. But I like it.”—Jason, responding to John’s question, “Why are people dressed up like cowboys?” during Cazenovia High School’s Spirit Week.

To start our second day in Syracuse, Darius and the crew headed to Cazenovia High School.

The students’ welcome for us there was another awesome example of the kind [...]

Syracuse Again, Pt. I

Posted: April 27, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Back in Syracuse. Good to be back.”—Darius, upon pulling in to Syracuse.
After splitting up for our visits to Yale and University of Connecticut, the DGW crew reunited for a trip to Syracuse. Like our visit to Long Island the week earlier, it was a return to a place that’s played a [...]

Twitter Hugh Jackman for Darius Goes West!

Posted: April 23, 2009

Through his Twitter account, Hugh Jackman (you might know him as Wolverine, or the guy in Australia) is offering $100,000 to a charity. This will give whoever he chooses a big boost in resources in a tough economic time, and it will also give them huge exposure.
How will he choose? He’s asked people to post [...]

Illness and Donuts in Brandeis and UConn

Posted: April 23, 2009

Quote of the Day: “You don’t sound so good”—Darius, to sick-sounding crew-member Jason.

After our time with Javier and gang on Long Island, Darius and crew headed to Brandeis University. Though many of us were feeling under the weather (it’s REALLY cold up north, even in spring), that didn’t stop us from enjoying a dinner with [...]

Reuniting with Javier and Co. on Long Island, Pt.2

Posted: April 17, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Because it’s hot where he lives”—Javier, on why he gave Darius a homemade fan.

Our time with Javier and his crew continued with a stop at Smithtown High School East. (In the picture above, Javier tells the crowd about the fan he made for Darius.)

Smithtown is where Philly and Dessy Bubaris go. [...]

Reuniting with Javier and Co. on Long Island, Pt.1

Posted: April 17, 2009

After some time fixing technical difficulties–and a much-needed work-break–the DGW Blog is back on track. Without further adieu, our return to Long Island:
Quote of the Day: “Darius!”—Javier, on seeing Big D again.

Traveling across the country, Darius and the crew have started some friendships and cemented others. It’s always fun to return to a place and [...]

Royal Treatment From the Fightin’ Blue Hens

Posted: March 30, 2009

Quote of the Day: “This marks the 42nd state that the Darius Goes West crew has visited”—driver Daniel, to the crowd at DGW’s University of Delaware screening.

From Baltimore, we headed to Newark, Deleware for a screening at the University of Delaware.

The screening was organized by Nancy Weiss and UD’s Center for Disability Studies (where Nancy [...]

D’s Big Day at Garrison Forest and Baltimore

Posted: March 30, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Are any of you guys, like, single?”—first question at our question-and-answer session with students of Garrison Forest.

After our stay in DC, Darius and crew headed north for a visit to Baltimore.

We had Gabriela Luis with us. Gabi is a friend of the crew who’s really helped us out on screenings and [...]

A Family Reunion, Rapping Students, and Future Doctors in DC

Posted: March 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: “I’m still healthy, and I’m still pushing it.”—Darius, to a Washington, DC crowd.

From Tennessee, DGW driver Daniel led us on the long trek to Washington, DC.

First up: a screening at E Street Cinema.

The screening, set up by members of crew-member Andrew’s extended family (and sponsored by Coca-Cola), was a blast.

We had [...]

Haircuts and Knockout in Tennessee

Posted: March 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Not that great.”—crew-member Jason, talking about how his career as a weatherman has progressed since the tornado scene in Darius Goes West.

After a few days in Athens, Darius and crew hit the road again for a trip northeast. First stop: Chattanooga, Tennessee and Girls Preparatory School.

David Cook, pictured with D, brought [...]

OU: Last Stop on the Long Trip West

Posted: March 15, 2009

Quote of the Day: “I didn’t let my situation get me down:I got outta the house to do something”—Darius, responding to an audience member asking, “When you leave today, what’s the thing you want us to remember?”

After Salt Lake City, Darius and crew got back on the road for the 24-hour ride to the University [...]

First Ski Trip and More at Salt Lake City

Posted: March 15, 2009

Quote of the day: “Welcome, guys”—Peter Corroon, Mayor of Salt Lake County, to Darius and the crew.

Next up on DGW’s epic six-week stretch was Salt Lake City, Utah.

Allyson Jackson organized the stop. Allyson’s sister Joan Borick led our stay in Clemson, after their sister Margie Shedd showed them both the movie last summer. So we [...]

Western Washington: More Goslabi

Posted: March 12, 2009

Quote of the day 1:”Let me get some water, please, now!”—Darius, after eating another spoonful of wasabi.
Quote of the day 2: “I’d have thought you’d have gotten used to it.”—Leo, a student at Sammamish High School who also ate wasabi to help the cause.

After Portland, Darius and crew stayed in the Pacific Northwest with visits [...]

Back in Portland

Posted: March 12, 2009

Quote of the day: “The planets are aligned for a therapy for this disease.”—Dr. George Vella, talking about the optimism among doctors and researchers looking for treatment or a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

From Wenatchee, Darius and the gang went back south, this time to Portland, Oregon. First up on our Portland stretch was a [...]

Wild in Wenatchee

Posted: March 11, 2009

Quote of the day: “I think this is the most accessible sports venue I’ve been in”—Ben, talking about Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center, where Darius saw his first ever hockey game.

After our stop in Chico, it was a long but scenic drive to Wenatchee, Washington.

Usually, Darius and crew are only in any given place for a [...]

The Key to Chico

Posted: March 11, 2009

Quote of the day: “When a place is accessible, we let them know. But when it isn’t, they lose out on business from 12 guys.”—Darius, talking to the crowd at our Chico screening about how he handles places that aren’t accessible to people with disabilities.

From the Nueva School, Darius and crew high-tailed it to Chico, [...]

Going Google, and Brainstorming with the Nueva School

Posted: March 10, 2009

Quote of the day: “My favorite part of this film is seeing the energy generated when this wonderful group of people comes into a room”—Rebecca, 8th-grade student at Nueva School, upon introducing the Darius Goes West crew to her classmates at an assembly.

From Santa Barbara, Darius and crew went to a screening at Google’s headquarters [...]

Two Great Schools in Santa Barbara

Posted: March 10, 2009

Quote of the day: “What’s up, Toads! Wow, I haven’t called anybody that before–what a great mascot”—crew-member Daniel, to students at Thacher School.

After Los Angeles, Darius and crew headed north to Santa Barbara. First up, we met with some great friends of the cause for a relaxed dinner.

The fish tacos were delicious. Thanks Marco!

Aaron Eidelheit, [...]

Darius Goes Hollywood

Posted: February 27, 2009

Quote of the day: “I like the way you roll, Darius”—actor Robin Williams, after a few minutes of getting to know D.

We left Gregg’s Place reluctantly, headed for the bright lights of Los Angeles…

where Logan and Darius were members of the new TED Fellows Program.
TED Fellows come from all over the world to speak at [...]

Crew Profile: Darius Weems

Posted: February 18, 2009

You’ve read profiles of the rest of the crew members. Now here’s the one about the big man himself…

Darius Weems.

Darius is, obviously, the heart and soul of Darius Goes West, and the rest of the crew relies on his charisma and ability to inspire. He keeps the rest of us going.

He’s also an incredible communicator, [...]

Gregg’s Place

Posted: February 18, 2009

Quote of the day: “You don’t have to be down because of your condition; you can get up and do something about it”—Darius, to students at Cathedral City High School.

The morning after our Phoenix screening, Darius and crew continued west, crossing the border into California.

We got to Palm Springs in the afternoon, where supporter Gregg [...]

Now in Wenatchee

Posted: February 17, 2009

Right now Darius and crew are in beautiful Wenatchee, Washington.

We’re super busy on the road, and we’re not always able to find reliable internet connections, so blog posts are usually posted up to a week or two after we’re in a place.

But in Wenatchee, we’ve had a little time to breathe, and we wanted to [...]

DGW Rips Through the Southwest

Posted: February 17, 2009

Quote of the day: “Our school is really into changing the world, and you’re pushing us along”—Laina Vining, a student at Raymond S. Kellis High School.

Armed with our new Stetsons, Darius and crew headed farther west for screenings in El Paso, TX and Glendale, AZ.

The drive from Dallas to El Paso was long, but also [...]

D in Dallas, Pt. 2

Posted: February 17, 2009

Quote of the day: “When you go out and you help a community, the rewards can outweigh anything you put in”–crew-member John Harmon to the audience at our SMU screening.

After our time in Plano and Episcopal School of Dallas, Darius and the crew were eager to meet more of Dallas’s wonderful people.
Next we went to [...]

D in Dallas, Pt. 1

Posted: February 17, 2009

Quote of the day: “We’re still having fun…getting back to the places I thought I’d never see again. ‘Cause I’m still going”–Darius, to the audience in Plano, TX.

After Chapel Hill, Darius and crew made their way to Dallas.

The drive took two days, so we were ecstatic to be greeted with a fantastic lunch upon our [...]

The DGW Bookshelf

Posted: February 16, 2009

Darius and crew spend a lot of time on the road. Most of that time, we’re working on-line and with our hosts to sell DVDs, but…

to stay smart (and sane!), we read a LOT.

Our tastes range from the informative…

to the patriotic, and from books…

to magazines and newspapers.

So we’ve decided to share some of our favorites [...]

Write America Program

Posted: February 13, 2009

Thanks to the incredible initiative of students, Darius Goes West is extremely excited to announce a big new program.

Morgan County High School (above), Jamesville DeWitt Middle School, I.S. 109, I.S. 528 and Savannah Country Day School are all incredible schools, filled with wonderful students and faculty members. They’ve helped Darius’s cause in the past, and [...]

The UNC Tar Wheels: Special Blog with Video Content

Posted: February 13, 2009

Quote(s) of the day: “That’s my thing: I set picks”–Darius, on his basketball style. “You would set a mean pick”–UNC basketball star Bobby Frasor, to Darius.

Recently, Darius and crew hit the road for another long stretch. Stop number one: Chapel Hill, where our hosts set us up at the gorgeous Carolina Inn (above).
This trip was [...]

Quick What’s Up from So-Cal, and We Still Need You!

Posted: February 06, 2009

So far, hundreds and hundreds of Darius Goes West supporters have gathered thousands of pieces of data that will help enhance our letter-writing campaign to schools across the country. The support has been overwhelming. But we still haven’t quite reached our goal of 1,000 on-line volunteers. Those of you who have helped with this effort: [...]

John’s Classmates in Milledgeville

Posted: February 04, 2009

Quote of the Day: “All right, I’ve got to go: they’re putting the cookies up.”—Crew-member Collin, nervous about missing out on some delicious treats.

Milledgeville, Georgia, home of Georgia College & State University (GCSU), hosted the next screening of Darius Goes West.

There, we met up with Honors students, including Justin Reeves (in the middle, just to [...]

New Batman Character?

Posted: February 04, 2009

Quote of the Day #1: “Not all heroes are fictional. We want to thank Darius for coming out to Furman tonight”—Andrew Barnhill, Darius Goes West’s host at Furman College, to the audience.
Quote of the Day #2: “They should make a new Batman character who’s black and fat and in a wheelchair”—Darius, to the crew after [...]

Athens Rotary and the Interact Club

Posted: February 04, 2009

Quote of the Day: “Me and Sam were at a concert, and we got to meet Kanye backstage–well I got to meet Kanye backstage”–Darius, telling the Cedar Shoals audience about the celebrities he’s met.

Darius and some of the crew-members spoke at a recent meeting of the Athens Rotary Club.

Rotary International is a service club whose [...]

Call for Volunteers: We Still Need You!

Posted: February 03, 2009

Yesterday, we called on supporters to volunteer by giving an hour of on-line work for Darius Goes West.
The response was overwhelming! We had HUNDREDS write to us to give support. In fact, crew-member Andrew has been up the past thirty hours coordinating our on-line volunteers!
But we’re still not at our 1,000 volunteer goal yet. So [...]

TED Fellowship

Posted: February 03, 2009

Darius and Logan have been chosen for the inaugural TED Fellows program at TED Talks in Long Beach, CA. TED Fellows is a program that brings world-changing innovators from across the globe to TED.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is really awesome: it’s kind of like a conference, except with TED as Superman [...]

Readers: Help Darius!

Posted: February 02, 2009

Today, we’re reaching out to Darius Goes West supporters: we need YOU to volunteer an hour of on-line work to help Darius and crew reach out to schools across the country.
Our goal is to enlist 1,000 volunteers over the next several days. The skills needed are as simple as Google searching, copy-pasting, and emailing.
If you [...]

Magic Tricks at North Georgia

Posted: January 26, 2009

Quote of the Day: “You’ll see some intermittently funny writing…but it is always grammatically correct”–crew-member Daniel’s less-than-stellar (and, hopefully, sarcastic!) endorsement of the Darius Goes West Blog.

After our trip across town to the University of Georgia, North Georgia College and State University played host to Darius Goes West.

While the movie played, Alicia Bryson of Gamma [...]

Climbing Walls at UGA

Posted: January 26, 2009

Quote of the day: “We were just going to have a small screening, but I went on your web site and saw ‘Contact Us’ and figured, ‘why not?’”–Tracy Bialis, our host at UGA.

Back from Savannah, Darius and the crew hit up the University of Georgia for a screening. Crew member John Hadden, in blue, shows [...]

Savannah’s Big Crowds

Posted: January 26, 2009

Quote of the day: “Individually, we may feel that we are too young to make a difference. Darius Goes West is the counter-argument to that idea.”–Tim Blanco to students at his alma mater, Benedictine Military School.

Savannah, Georgia recently hosted Darius and the gang for a three-day stay. First up, Darius participated in an interview where [...]

Darius and the Raccoon

Posted: January 16, 2009

Quote of the day: “Yes, you can wear your Goslabi shirts to work at the hospital tomorrow—but no jeans.”—Janice Dinkins, to an employee at the Medically Fragile Children’s Program of Children’s Hospital of Palmetto Health.

After some much-needed relaxation on the cruise Ellen gave us, Darius and crew headed to Columbia, South Carolina for a screening [...]

Darius Goes Cruising! Pt. II

Posted: January 16, 2009

Quote of the day: “I’ve had the honor of staying in a room with Darius Goes West guys on both sides of me. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep yet, but you guys are amazing”—Uncle Al, a friend we made on the cruise.

As Darius and crew enjoyed the new tans they got from Puerto [...]

World of Children Award

Posted: January 14, 2009

Since Darius Goes West came out last year, crew-members, and especially Darius, have earned numerous awards and recognitions. (In fact, look for an upcoming blog that highlights some of them!)
All of these accolades mean a lot to Darius: all of the festival prizes, keys to cities, and other awards help to keep him going with [...]

Darius Goes Cruising! Pt. I

Posted: January 14, 2009

“I left. I was pretty scared of it.”—crew-member Ben, talking about a small monkey in St. Kitts.
After a rigorous few months of non-stop travel for screenings, Darius and crew got to enjoy a few days of relaxation…

on a cruise!
When Darius was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last year, she arranged for the whole crew to [...]

DGW New Year’s Resolutions

Posted: January 12, 2009

In celebration of the New Year, Darius and crew are setting goals—as individuals and as an organization. Here, we share 18 of our favorites with you.

18. Create more DGW content to help spread our million-DVD goal.

17. Write / call home more often from the road.

16. Cut off the lights to conserve energy.

15. Learn Portuguese.

14. Remember [...]

Big D on the Green Screen in Fort Lauderdale

Posted: January 12, 2009

Quote of the day: “How many girlfriends do you have?”–audience-member, in response to, “Does anyone else have any burning questions before we go?” by Logan.

At Fort Lauderdale, Darius’s visit started with a trip to the Rocbox—Hollywood Playhouse’s recording studio!

The studio time was arranged by the operator and owner of the Hollywood Playhouse, Israel Valdes, in [...]

Crew Profile: Daniel Epting

Posted: January 08, 2009

Next up on Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles, it’s DGW’s driver, Daniel Epting!

Daniel is the most private, shy crew-member.

Daniel likes to keep a low profile…

and sometimes it’s tough for him to come out of his shell.
Wait a second…that doesn’t describe Daniel at all!

Audience members who have seen Darius Goes West often laugh just when he [...]

“Coach” Darius takes Boca Raton by storm

Posted: January 08, 2009

Quote of the day: “Just keep doing what you’re doing.”–Mike Jarvis, FAU head men’s basketball coach, when crew-member John Hadden told him he still had four years of NCAA eligibility.

After our stops in Orlando and Tampa, Darius made his way east toward Boca Raton. His first stop: at a Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball practice!

Head [...]

Crew Profile: Logan Smalley

Posted: January 05, 2009

Next up in the series Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles, it’s Director and Editor, Logan Smalley…

Darius Goes West started in Logan’s brain; he was the first crew-member to have the idea to capture some of the love and quest for change that Darius embodies.

Now, he serves as a kind of “promo-man” for all things Darius [...]

Maybe Florida Gators Aren’t So Bad, After All…

Posted: January 05, 2009

Quote of the day: “The challenge is to get people to watch [Darius Goes West], because once they watch it, there’s not one person who doesn’t want to do incredible things to help”–Kim Procko, one of DGW’s Gainesville area hosts.

Darius and crew spent some time in Gainesville, FL, and nearby High Springs.
First, we hit up [...]

Darius Finds Second Calling as a Duck-Herder

Posted: January 05, 2009

Quote of the day: “Those ducks really hauled it once they got on the red carpet!”–crew-member John Hadden, talking about the ducks at Orlando’s Peabody Hotel.

Next up, Darius and crew headed to Orlando’s Peabody Hotel for the Duck Ceremony. Twice a day, the ducks go through a procession.

Visitors from all around come to see the [...]

Welcome to the DGW “Know About It” program - OOPS!

Posted: December 30, 2008

Sorry for the confusion if you followed the link to this page. Our new “Know About It” program page is under construction and was published prematurely. To learn more about our educational program, click here.
To read the blog about our visit to Centennial High School, click here.

Crew Profile: Andrew Carson

Posted: December 29, 2008

Andrew is to DGW what Paul is to the Beatles: the cute one.

By our calculations, at least one third of DVD sales come from young women with crushes on Andrew and / or Darius.

But he’s a lot more than just a pretty face…

Andrew serves as a caregiver…

and he’s one of the guys who quarterbacks merchandise [...]

Visiting Avondale and the Bottletree

Posted: December 29, 2008

Quote of the Day: “Check it out–they have Jenga!”—Sam, on seeing Jenga and dozens of other board games at the Bottletree Cafe-Bar

After Centennial, DGW headed on to Birmingham, Alabama.
First up was a screening at Avondale Methodist Church.

DGW driver Daniel’s mom, Bobbie, is a member of Avondale. Daniel’s step-father, Rev. David Commer, is Senior Pastor at [...]

No Aliens, Just Knights at CHS in Roswell, GA

Posted: December 29, 2008

Quote of the day: “Mmmmm…cake.”—Darius, on seeing the welcoming cake for him at Centennial High School.

Next up, Darius and crew headed to Centennial High School in Roswell, GA to meet with students.

The visit was set up by Traci Coleman, and we had a blast.

In addition to meeting with some students individually, we also had an [...]

Crew Profile: John Hadden

Posted: December 20, 2008

Next up in the DGW: Crew Profiles series is John Hadden.

You might not remember seeing John in the movie.

That’s because he was the cameraman.

John is always up for sports…

and, on a trip to Washington a few months ago, he distinguished himself with his top-notch mechanical skills.

John’s also still the cameraman for Darius Goes West, shooting [...]

The Bulldogs of Morgan County

Posted: December 20, 2008

Quote of the day: “How long did it take to fix the canooter-snooter on the RV?”—Morgan County High School student in a question-and-answer session with the crew.

Darius and crew visited Morgan County High School, home of the Bulldogs.

There we met up with Dr. Mark Wilson (in the picture). Dr. Wilson, the principal of Morgan County [...]

A Class Visit, and an Audience of 1200 College Girls

Posted: December 20, 2008

Quote of the day number 1: “I took this class because I thought it might help with my poker face.”—student in Dr. Jerry Hale’s Darius Goes West: A Case Study in Interpersonal Communication course.
Quote of the day number 2: “He’s sooo cute.”—girl in audience of DGW’s all-sorority screening at Hodgson Hall when crew-member Andrew started [...]

Get Your DVD Before Christmas!

Posted: December 16, 2008

Tomorrow (12/17/08) is the last day to order Darius Goes West DVDs and receive them by Christmas via standard shipping (of course, there’s always FedEx for procrastinators).

There’s no time to lose!

So, if you’re still a couple presents short, buy your friends, family, and acquaintances an award-winning film that raises $17 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy with [...]

Crew Profile: Ben Smalley

Posted: December 15, 2008

Next up on the continuing series DGW: Crew Profiles, it’s Ben Smalley.

You might also know him as the ball-less man.

Ben heads up finances for Darius Goes West.

He also helps take care of merchandise when we’re on the road…

and he’s a caregiver. Also, in general, he keeps everybody in line.

Next year, Ben will go back to [...]

Darius Goes to the Principals’ Office

Posted: December 15, 2008

Quote of the Day: “We want to reach every school in the country.”–Logan, speaking to a room full of public school principals and administrators.

At the Georgia Center in DGW’s hometown of Athens, GA, Darius and crew were honored to speak before the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

Among the attendees was Dr. Mark Wilson, [...]

Catching Up with the ‘Rents In Augusta

Posted: December 15, 2008

Quote of the Day: “PS: I saw a bunch of people wearing their goslabi shirts around campus today! : )”–Augusta State host Laura Butler, in an email to Barbara Smalley the day after Darius Goes West screened.

Next, Darius and crew hit up Augusta State University for a screening at the JSAC Ballroom at the Student [...]

Welcome, New Subscribers!

Posted: December 09, 2008

…to the Darius Goes West Community blog!

Here, we introduce you to crew members, talk about our million-DVD goal, and write accounts of what’s going on during our trips across the country (and even beyond!).

We also include great shots from wherever we go, taken by DGW still-photographer Kevin Wier.

Once a blog is published, it stays on [...]

Why DGW Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift, Pt. III

Posted: December 09, 2008

Here it is folks, the last installment of the three-part series “Why DGW Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift”. While not all of the reasons here are good ones (or, in some cases, even true), we hope that doesn’t stop them from convincing you to consider DVDs of Darius Goes West in your holiday shopping.
65. 4 [...]

Ohio v. South Carolina

Posted: December 09, 2008

Ladies and gentleman, we have a new third-place leader in the states’ race for most DVDs sold!

A couple of months ago, Ohio was in third place, thanks to on-line sales and big screenings in Cleveland and Akron.

Then, South Carolina swooped in. On the strength of a big night in Clemson, South Carolina overcame Ohio for [...]

Crew Profile: Dylan Wilson

Posted: December 04, 2008

Question: What do the following people have in common?
1. Former University of Georgia guard Mike Mercer
2. Paul Vickers, a 70-year-old competitive long-jumper
3. Emily Harris, an eight-year-old beauty queen
4. Georgia Extreme Wrestling competitor “Red Dragon”

Answer: They’ve all served as subjects for DGW crew-member Dylan Wilson’s photojournalism.

Dylan was a cameraman on Darius Goes West.

He graduated from the [...]

Why DGW Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift, Pt. II

Posted: December 04, 2008

It’s time for part two of our series, Why DGW Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift. In the last installment, you learned that Darius Goes West DVDs come with included “warm feeling on the inside”, we take credit cards, and Darius Goes West is officially endorsed by Batman.
Here are some more reasons. We hope at least [...]

Guest Blog: How to Host a Successful Screening

Posted: December 04, 2008

Everywhere we go, Darius and crew are treated to fantastic hospitality by people who really understand our goals. That’s a good thing, because without help from wonderful supporters (like YOU!), our one-year, million-DVD goal would be impossible. What’s one great way to help? Host a screening! Check out the video above, then read on…

To make [...]

Why DGW Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift, Pt. I

Posted: December 03, 2008

Short on time? Don’t want to waste gas driving all over town looking for presents? Worried about that one family-member/friend/co-worker who’s impossible to get a good gift for?
No matter what you’re celebrating—Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, birthdays, graduations, weddings, Flag Day—Darius Goes West DVDs make the perfect gift for any occasion.
When you give Darius Goes West, [...]

Darius Back In Cleveland–the Place Still Rocks

Posted: December 03, 2008

Quote of the day: “Some people like football or basketball. I can’t play basketball, but I can express myself through music.”—Darius, when asked if rap was a release for him.

Next for Darius and crew was Cleveland, where we met up with Kristin Dailey, Elizabeth (one of her daughters), and Steven (her son).
A couple of months [...]

DGW Celebrity Resemblances

Posted: December 03, 2008

The long-awaited celebrity look-alike blog is now here! (Per request of Darius Weems.)
Thanks to the success of Darius Goes West, the members of the crew are famous in their own right. However, for years people have been confusing us with prominent celebrities. In this post, we show you who resembles who.
(Remember, although we are similar [...]

Fun in the Snow at Kent State

Posted: December 01, 2008

Quote of the day: “Ice, big time.”—Kent State football player, admiring Darius’s bling.

Next up, the crew headed to Kent, Ohio for a screening at Kent State University.

Our host, Sue Smith, took us out to dinner as soon as we got into town.
Sue works at KSU’s Student Accessibility Services. They ensure students at KSU have access [...]

Keynote Speaking in Columbus

Posted: December 01, 2008

Quote of the day: “I think you guys are fantastic, and you’re by far the best keynote speakers I’ve ever heard.”—Audience member at the Ohio Prevention and Education Conference.

After our Oberlin stop, Darius and crew spoke to the Ohio Prevention and Education Conference (OPEC).

Held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, this annual conference brings in [...]

Thanksgiving Pictures

Posted: November 27, 2008

We are grateful to all of you for your continued support of Darius Goes West…

We are grateful for Darius’s continued good health…

We are grateful for the great strides researchers are making toward finding treatment or a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy…

We are grateful for our supporters…

We are really grateful for our supporters…

We are REALLY REALLY [...]

Strange-Looking Kid and an Awesome Bathroom at Oberlin College

Posted: November 26, 2008

Quote of the day: “That was the coolest bathroom I ever seen.”–Darius, talking about the restroom at the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.
After our visit to Toledo, we high-tailed it to Oberlin, where DGW supporter Jackie Mostow set up a screening for us. We were greeted by an unusual sight…

snow! There wasn’t very [...]

Crew Profile: Sam Johnson

Posted: November 26, 2008

In a crew full of unique guys, Sam distinguishes himself as one of the goofiest.

He has a lanky body…

dresses like an extra from The Wire…

and often looks like he just woke up.

He looks this way because it’s often true.

However, Sam also plunges head-first into every Darius Goes West activity.

He doesn’t have patience for anything but [...]

“Shreking it” at Toledo

Posted: November 26, 2008

Quote of the day: “We want to Shrek it up!”–Logan, talking to the Toledo audiences about how many people most documentary films reach compared to how many a blockbuster like Shrek reaches. FYI: Shrek sold over 20 million copies in one day.

To kick off our Ohio trip, Darius and crew met up with University [...]

Athens Businesses Take Up the Cause

Posted: November 24, 2008

We know we can’t reach our one-million-DVD-one-year-goal without help from our supporters. That’s why we’re so proud to present a list of businesses around our hometown of Athens, GA that are chipping in by displaying mini-RVs full of Darius Goes West DVDs.

The holiday season is upon us, and we hope you’ll consider Darius Goes West [...]

Crew Profile: Kevin Wier

Posted: November 24, 2008

Next up in our Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles series is Kevin Wier.

You probably don’t see Kevin in many of the blog pictures…

but he’s still close by, and that’s because…

he’s the one behind the camera.

As DGW’s still-photographer, Kevin always has his Nikon D60 on hand…

ready to capture a poignant moment.

In fact, his pictures drive the [...]

Crew Profile: Collin Shepley

Posted: November 22, 2008

Collin Shepley is “a crew-member’s kind of crew-member.” He does a little bit of everything for Darius Goes West.

He is a caregiver for Darius…

serves as DGW’s resident technology expert…

helps sell merchandise on the road…

and speaks to audiences about DGW from his perspective as a Special Education major.

Plus, most people at Darius Goes West describe Collin [...]

Connections New and Old at UGA’s Tate Center

Posted: November 21, 2008

Quote of the Day: “If you want to be like Daniel, take Jerry Hale’s class!” - Logan’s last words to the Tate Center audience. (Crew-member Daniel Epting was a student of Jerry Hale’s). The crowd left with mixed feelings.

With sponsorship from Jenny Manders and our friends at IHDD (Institute on Human Development and Disability), [...]

Carver Middle School

Posted: November 21, 2008

Quote of the Day: “What? Dark blue looks good on me.”–Darius, when a crew-member pointed out his all-Syracuse outfit.

Darius and crew got the chance to go to Monroe, Georgia  (Walton County) for a visit at Carver Middle School.

Collin spent some time admiring the schools trophies. Looks like even more than DGW’s 28 film festival accolades…

We [...]

Crew Profile: John Harmon

Posted: November 16, 2008

Crew member John Harmon, aka “Harmonious”, is a jack-of-all-trades for Darius Goes West.

He serves as a caregiver for Darius…

and helps keep track of the money we make from merchandise sales and donations on the road.

John’s also one of the creative forces of DGW. He contributes to the blog, both as a writer…

and as a funny [...]

Crew Finds Inner Trapeze Artist at D.A.I.R.

Posted: November 16, 2008

Quote of the day: “Man, y’all can’t dance.”–Darius, to the DGW crew members trying their hand at aerial trapeze dancing.

Nicole Mermans–the director, founder, instructor, and performer of D.A.I.R.–brought Darius and gang to Atlanta for a special screening of Darius Goes West.

The screening itself went great!

D.A.I.R. strives to challenge the community to maximize the strength of [...]

Darius Goes Back To School

Posted: November 16, 2008

Quote(s) of the day: “Darius was a really good artist…he had a bit of a stubborn streak, I remember.”
“I remember helping Darius select books in the media center, and that was always very special for me.:
“The thing I remember most is his infectious smile.”
“I’m just so proud of Darius and all the things that he’s [...]

Crew Profile: Jason Hees

Posted: November 12, 2008

Crew member Jason Hees is Darius Goes West’s resident strong man. He’s really good at lifting stuff.

You’ll find him behind Darius in a lot of pictures…

or just along the corners of the frame.

Jason also owns an iPhone. So, until our wonderful friends at Syracuse got us a GPS system for the RV, Jason was our [...]

Hot Dogs at Leadership Georgia

Posted: November 12, 2008

Quote of the day: “I motivate Logan, and Logan motivates me.”–Darius to a group at a Leadership Georgia session, explaining what it’s like to work with your best friend.
Darius, Logan, and some of the crew were invited to speak at a Leadership Georgia session, which was held at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in [...]

Thinking Outside the Box

Posted: November 12, 2008

Quote of the day: “Not pitying someone in a wheelchair; building friendships and treating everyone the same; and to not try goslabi, because it will fire your booty off.”–Logan, talking about three lessons he hopes folks take away from Darius Goes West.
Darius and crew headed to Kennesaw State for a Georgia AAIDD (American Association on [...]

Return to Greens Farms Academy

Posted: November 11, 2008

Quote of the day: “I thought it was the capital of Connecticut.”–DGW driver Daniel about Mozambique, telling the audience about Darius Goes West’s international sales.

In our last visit on this stretch on the road, we swung by Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms, Connecticut.

We were hosted by Avery Salinger. Avery is a long-time friend of [...]

Wheelchair Breakdown at Perkins School For The Blind

Posted: November 11, 2008

Quote of the Day: “I have an idea, how about Pimp My Cane!”–Michelle, one of the students at the Perkins school, during our question-and-answer session.
After our stop at Brandeis, Darius and crew visited Perkins School For the Blind, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools for the blind in the U.S.

The back wheel on [...]

Police Trouble at Brandeis!

Posted: November 11, 2008

Here’s an account of DGW’s visit and screening at Brandeis University, told in quotes.

“You guys are sending a really complicated message, in a very unique and welcome way….The theme of interdependence comes through so clearly….”–Dr. Stephen Gulley (in right in photo), professor at Brandeis who teaches disability rights.

“One of the things that I’ve noticed through [...]

Busted on the Canadian Border

Posted: November 06, 2008

Quote of the day: “I never seen a squirrel like that. Sam, look at that squirrel. You ever seen a squirrel like that?”–Darius, talking about the dark-furred squirrel that we were focused on as Niagara Falls thundered behind us.

After our visit to Cobleskill, Darius and crew headed to Buffalo, NY. We made sure to give [...]

Smalley Reunion in Cobleskill

Posted: November 06, 2008

Quote of the day: “Let me give a big shout-out to all the Smalleys in the house.”–Crew member Ben Smalley, speaking to an auditorium in his dad’s home town of Cobleskill, NY.

Martha Price, Pat Chandler, and Holly Cargo-Cramer hosted Darius and the crew for a screening on the State University of New York/Cobleskill’s campus.

Cobleskill is [...]

The Mini-Crew

Posted: November 06, 2008

A long time coming, here it is:

A photo-collection of DGW’s “mini-crew”!

The mini-crew spent the day with Darius and gang during our visit to Clemson, South Carolina last month.

They and their families really inspired us with their stories of devotion to the cause.

Like Anna (in the blue jacket), who made a BIG donation to the cause. [...]

DGW and Cannibalism…

Posted: October 28, 2008

The DGW vessel left port in Athens, GA early in September in search of treatment or a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Nonprofit pillagers, the burly crew takes support from people everywhere they go. They recently claimed quite a bounty in Syracuse NY, but a note found off of US-20 near Cobleskill, NY leads authorities [...]

Rivalries: NY v. GA, SC v. OH

Posted: October 28, 2008

After our wildly successful stay in Syracuse, we have a new leader in our states’ DVDs race!
For the first time since we’ve been posting stats, Georgia has been surpassed by New York for the most DVDs bought! Georgia has 3,391, while New York posts 4,002!

Great work, New York! From NYC to Long Island to Syracuse [...]

BIIIG Night in Syracuse

Posted: October 28, 2008

Quote of the day: “This is cooler than a Jonas Brothers concert!”–student at Jamesville Dewitt Middle School after meeting Darius.

That’s not an Obama supporter sign.  That’s a Darius Goes West supporter sign!
After our second stop in New York City, Darius and crew rode into Syracuse, NY, where we met our hosts Melissa Dardaris, Heather Meyer, [...]

Reunions at Mount Sinai

Posted: October 27, 2008

Quote of the day: “These 19-year-old punks are doing great things.”–Dr. Benji Seckler, describing the DGW crew. (Some of the older guys were thrilled at being called 19.)

Mount Sinai hosted Darius Goes West for a screening at the Goldwurm Auditorium in the Icahn Medical Center. Here, Darius poses with DGW friend and Mount Sinai student [...]

DGW at Yale

Posted: October 26, 2008

Quote of the day: “Massaquoi–that Georgia receiver–he’s my cousin.”–Darius, trying to convince an employee on the ferry to Connecticut to turn on the Georgia game.

After our visit with Javier and crew on Long Island, Darius and gang headed to Connecticut to drop by Yale University.

We got there by ferry!

It was a nice, relaxing couple of [...]

Fall Colors On the Road

Posted: October 25, 2008

The last few weeks, DGW has been in the northeast U.S. to host screenings, meet with schools, and spread the word about our one-year, one-million DVD initiative.

To get everywhere, we do a LOT of driving.

We also shoot a lot of tape to create content that shares our message.

It can get pretty exhausting. Still, in all [...]

Hanging with Javier and Gang on Long Island

Posted: October 24, 2008

After two days in New York City, Darius and the crew headed east to Long Island, where we met up with some friends of the cause.

Long Island is the home of Darius’s friend Javier. A lot of us stayed at Javier’s house as well as at his cousin Harry’s.

Javier was diagnosed with DMD a few [...]

DGW in NYC: Day II

Posted: October 22, 2008

The day after our visits to I.S. 528 and Fieldston School, Darius and crew stuck around New York City for a school visit and a screening at the HBO Theater October 15.

We started the day in Queens meeting with I.S. 109’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

The students were incredibly excited at the chance to meet [...]

DGW in NYC: Day I

Posted: October 18, 2008

Darius Goes West visited New York City for two October 14 school visits.

New York is Darius’s “home away from home”, and he LOVES his trips there.

Our first stop was I.S. 528 in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. This screening was set up by literacy teacher Tristan Wright.

I.S. 528 faculty members greeted us with an [...]

Clemson Rolls out the Orange Carpet

Posted: October 12, 2008

Next up for Darius and crew was a trip to Clemson, South Carolina for a screening October 8.

Joan Borick set up the screening, and under her guidance, the Clemson community gave us a day we’ll never forget.

The day started early with a dirt-biking excursion.

With the rain pouring down, the course–operated by Jiffy Nelson–got more than [...]

Goooo, Wildcats!

Posted: October 12, 2008

After our weekend at St. Simons Island, we headed to North Carolina for a pair of screenings at Davidson College (October 6 and 7).

The first screening was at Duke Performance Hall…

…and the Wildcats showed us some love, packing the venue.

Crew member Andrew Carson, center, attends Davidson, so it was a homecoming for Darius and gang.

After [...]

Awesome Night, Golf, Broken Wheelchair: St. Simons

Posted: October 07, 2008

After a couple of much needed days at home, Darius and crew hit the road again, this time going to St. Simons Island, Georgia, for a golf tournament and screening set up by Ashley Nunn.

It was our first chance to show off our new corporate sponsorship with Dr. Charles Clarke and Advanced Endodontics on the [...]

A Full House at Mississippi State

Posted: October 03, 2008

In the final stretch of our first three-week stint on the road, Darius and crew went to Starkville, Mississippi, for a screening organized by Reid Stribling, Justin Bell, Taylor Butler, the SAE fraternity, CAB, and the general Greek community at Mississippi State University.

The hospitality was incredible! When we pulled into town, Reid met up with [...]

Beach Birthday and B-day Wishes

Posted: October 03, 2008

After our DC stop, Darius and the crew set off for Amelia Island, FL.

There, Darius Goes West screened at the first-ever Amelia Island Film Festival.

The weather was perfect…

…so, while it took some work…

…we got to enjoy Darius’s 19th birthday at his favorite place–the beach! (notice the sand-wheelchair art above)

At the screening, we met up with [...]

24hrs: Washington DC

Posted: September 29, 2008

DGW visited the University of Maryland and the nation’s capital for a pair of screenings on September 24.

Here, the crew fields questions from students in the University of Maryland’s Public Leadership Program. This visit was organized by former Athenian, Jennifer Littlefield.

The Public Leadership Program engages students to practice community involvement and apply classroom theory to [...]

Happy Birthday Darius!

Posted: September 27, 2008

Darius turns 19 today!

He and the crew are taking a much needed day off at Darius’s favorite place to be–THE BEACH!!!
DC Blog, DVD updates, and birthday video coming in the near future!

YouTube Homepage Feature!

Posted: September 24, 2008

The video above is front and center on the YouTube homepage today! If you’ve come as a result of that, welcome to DGW!
YouTube is the third most visited site in the world. Featured status presents an opportunity for The Vehicle to get more exposure than it ever has. It also gives you a chance to [...]

Coming Home to Cookeville

Posted: September 23, 2008

After Chattanooga, the next stop for the Darius Goes West crew was Cookeville, TN for a September 22 screening.

We have a lot of ties to Cookeville: Jason Hees is from there, and Logan and Ben Smalley lived in Cookeville briefly as kids. Plus, part of the movie takes place in Cookeville, so it was a [...]

Views, Mazes, and Football in Chattanooga

Posted: September 23, 2008

Next for Darius Goes West was a trip to Chattanooga for a September 21 screening.

Our stop started with a radio interview set up by our host Josh McManus. Thanks, Josh and 102.3 WGOW!

Josh also got a buffet for breakfast for us from Blue Grass Grill–an excellent restaurant next to his office. Josh started CreateHere, a [...]

Locked Out at Sewanee!

Posted: September 23, 2008

September 18, Darius and the crew made their way to Sewanee, Tennessee for a screening at beautiful University of the South.

As recently as Tuesday the 16th, Sewanee wasn’t even a definite on our schedule. But thanks to some mad scrambling on the part of the University of the South community, it went great! A coalition [...]

Oxford: Revisited

Posted: September 23, 2008

After Memphis, the crew headed on to Oxford, Mississippi for a September 17 screening.

Thank you Mandy Devore and Jacqueline Taylor of Ole Miss’s Chi O for setting it up!

We showed in the impressive Powerhouse Theater where we also got to hang with the organizers of the Oxford Film Festival. We have remained close friends [...]

New Kicks at Rhodes

Posted: September 21, 2008

DGW was in Memphis September 16 for a screening at Rhodes College set up by Allie Henson, Karolina Grabowicz, and the Tri Delta sorority.

We arrived and received a student guided tour of the beautiful 160-year-old campus.

Darius loved the scenic quads and was impressed by the school’s strong academics.  He was also thrilled that his hat [...]

Awesome Night in Chicago! (pictures included)

Posted: September 19, 2008

Darius and crew got a chance to see the Windy City for a screening September 14 at the Gene Siskel Theater.

For many of us, it was our first time in Chicago.

The architecture was mesmerizing!

And at the screening Darius got to see his old Project Reach Art Teacher, Chelsea Hill, for the first time in years.

Meanwhile, [...]

Akron Ohio–Let it Rain!

Posted: September 17, 2008

This blog is three days late because Tim Campbell, his family, his friends, and his classmates packed over a months worth of generosity into a single screening.

The Tim Campbell Experience did not begin in Akron. It began in Cleveland the day before. Tim, his sister Amy, and his parents treated us to a Mongolian [...]

Cleveland Rocks!

Posted: September 15, 2008

September 11, we had a special screening for members of the teaching community in the Cleveland area. Before the screening, Andrew got a chance to meet presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Guess he’s doing some campaigning—Ohio is a swing state…Who knew Obama was an Atlanta Braves fan and has the same taste in bling as Darius?
We remain [...]

See the New RV!

Posted: September 13, 2008

We left Athens on Sept 10th for a three-week screening tour. The first screening was in Cleveland and this tour (one of many) finishes up at the Amelia Island Film Festival.

Thanks to the hard work  of ABC Printing, we started the journey with a paint wrap that lets anyone we pass on the road know [...]

On The Road Again!

Posted: September 09, 2008

Hey supporters! We could not be more excited to be hitting the road for THREE WEEKS early tomorrow morning!
Please check the “screenings link” to see if we’ll be headed towards you. And if you want us to head towards you for a screening…let us know!

In coordination with our road trip, we are also launching [...]

The New DGW Site… Welcome!

Posted: August 23, 2008

Here we are with a fresh site, just in time for our major campaign to sell 1 million DVDs in one year…

The best way you can help with our “One million DVDs in one year” campaign is to purchase a set of DARIUS GOES WEST DVDs–for your friends and family…for your entire church, synagogue, or [...]