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

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 a great chance to spend time with Callie Oettinger, DGW’s publicist. Callie does a lot for the cause on many different fronts.

In fact, while the Question-and-Answer session was going on, Callie even manned our manual credit card machine and made some DVD sales!

The E Street screening was one of DGW’s most successful in terms of DVD sales…

as the crowd was fantastic.

The thank you list for this screening is huge, so bear with us: thank you Madeline Louise Bethke (her choice for the full name and bold font), James, Max, Wendy, Barney, Steve, and John Bethke; Kathy, Philip, and Bernadette Yates; Margie and Steve Hackett; Kyle and Sean Tolbert; Mary-Lynn Skutely; and Frank Ros and Coke for sponsoring the theater. They used strength in numbers to put on a great screening.

The next morning, we went to a school visit at the alma mater of many of the Bethkes: St. Andrew Apostle School in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland.

Like Andrew said: “I think it’s really cool to be here, ’cause my mom went to school here!” When the crowd cheered, Andrew said: “Yay Mom!” which got another round of cheers.

The students at St. Andrew are awesome, and we had a great Q-and-A.

We were also treated to a special rap by St. Andrew’s very own, very talented Salt ‘N Pepper 2! The duo (otherwise known as Rachel and Lauren) performed awesome lyrics over Marc and Mark’s stylish beat-boxing.

Next, Sophia gave Darius a delicious cake. She made it herself!

Next, the students presented D with donations. Then they shared with Darius some of the ideas they were going to implement to keep helping the cause.

Students sharing their passion and drive about affecting Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the best gift any school can give D, and St. Andrew had it in droves.

They even had the focus and energy to all pose for this awesome picture taken by DGW still-photographer Kevin.

Thank you, St. Andrew!!

After the school visit, Kathy and co. treated Darius and the crew to an awesome brunch at Eggspectation. Props to manager Mark for hooking us up.

The Bethke-Yates-Tolbert family was fantastic to the crew during our visit to DC. They even put some of us up in their homes! Thanks guys!

Last during our DC stop was a screening at the American Medical Student Association conference that was going on that weekend. The screening was set up by Brian Hurley, National President of AMSA.

We had fun coordinating future events there, and we also got to see former DGW screening hosts Tim Campbell, and Julie Nusbaum, as well as former Athenian, Reesha Shah, who are all future doctors.

Darius and the crew aren’t doctors; there’s no way we can affect DMD through a microscope. So it was a treat to spend some time with folks who do have that chance.

Thanks Reesha, Tim, Julie, Brian, and everyone at AMSA!

Thank you, DC!

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10 Responses to “A Family Reunion, Rapping Students, and Future Doctors in DC”

  1. On March 23rd, 2009, Missy said:

    It’s been real.

  2. On March 23rd, 2009, patrique said:

    ST. ANDREWS!!!!!!!REPRESENT!!!!!!!!

  3. On March 24th, 2009, Nici said:

    Would have liked to see pics from your stop on Eliot in the Morning, how come there are none? I heard you guys on the show and became very interested. I bought the DVD and have since passed on the info to all my friends on facebook. Godspeed Darius!

  4. On March 24th, 2009, Katie said:

    Darius’ story also moved me while I was listening to Elliot in the morning. Bought the DVD & passing it a friend that is a local middle school teacher that had not heard of this movie. Hopefully it will be seen soon at her school. God Bless you all for everything you have done for this plight as well as for Darius. He couldn’t have asked for better friends!

  5. On March 24th, 2009, Celine said:

    St. Andrews all the way!!!!!!!! we love DGW!!!!!!!

  6. On March 24th, 2009, Celine said:

    btw i love egg spectation!!!

  7. On March 25th, 2009, Teresa said:

    Hey, I got to hear all the exciting details of the E street screening and the St. Andrew’s visit and besides the cool sightings of Darius, Missy and Tim Reilly, I was so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the St. Andrew’s students. Their ideas could be implemented in other schools. For example, students paid a dollar not to wear uniforms (or it could be to wear hats, school spirit costumes, etc) and used this money to purchase DVDs to send to other schools. Also, they plan to have a dance and use that money to purchase DVDs. They loved having the DGW van arrive and had decorated the school to welcome Darius, and, most important, are working to end Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. Thanks to St. Andrew’s and the fam!

  8. On March 25th, 2009, abby said:

    DARIUS come back to St. Andrews! we love u!!! and ur crew too!!!! <3

  9. On March 26th, 2009, keri oldaker said:

    thanks for coming to dms darius! we hoped you like your raps!!!!!!!! we love you logan<3

  10. On August 7th, 2015, Khoirun said:

    Dear Julia,You are so unique, I have never had a saerngtr catch my eye like you have, I usually have to get to meet people before I get any emotions, personality means much to me as I find a lot of people beautiful in there own way.You are very original and as close to perfection in beauty and so original! I subscribed to you for I pray that your life becomes even more happy and successful than you already are. Sending out Love, Health and Happiness your way Julia Filonova!

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