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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 his first rap CD.  We hit the road tomorrow (May 13) to take him on a month-long tour to visit schools throughout the Northeast. Considering all of this great news and how well Big Daddy Weems is doing, we have nicknamed him THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD!

In fact, that is the theme for our EIGHTH ANNUAL DARIUS GOES WEST DAY festivities, an event we’ve been celebrating since July 22, 2005, when Athens Mayor Heidi Davison officially declared the day Darius and his crew first went west to be “Darius Goes West Day.”  Since then, our festivities have grown into THREE days/nights packed with exciting activities for all ages.

This year, it’s all going down Thursday, July 19 - Sunday, July 22, and here’s what we’ve got planned:

1. A Poker Tournament, Pool Tournament and Casino Night with great prizes (Thursday night)
2. A massive Carnival - FREE (and fun for the whole family (Friday evening)
3. A local screening of the film (Saturday evening)
4. A Concert featuring a DJ, Elite Tha Showstoppa, and Big Daddy Weems (Saturday night)

We’ll provide more details in late June, but please save the date and plan to come to Athens, GA and join the fun!

Also, we’re looking for sponsors, so if you’d like to support this popular event in Athens, shoot us an email at or call DGW Headquarters Manager Barbara Smalley at 706-255-9301.

Hope to see you in July!


  1. On May 14th, 2012, kathy said:

    Can’t wait!!! See everyone in July!

  2. On May 18th, 2012, Russ Hendley said:

    Please e-mail me info on the pool tournamnet slated for Thurs. July 19. Trying to make plans to attend the celebration!

    Russ Hendley

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