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Crew Profile: Darius Weems

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, and his smile is infectious. He’s becoming a pro with the press and with individuals.

Before the year-long, million-DVD goal started, D was a student at Clarke Central High School, where he graduated last spring.

His classmates and the community of Athens were so moved by Darius’s story that, when he crossed the stage at graduation, the 10,000 audience members gave him a roaring standing ovation. Check out the video above to see it.

Now, Darius works as a full-time ambassador, educating people about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, accessibility issues, and the value of determination and friendship.

He relies heavily on his mom, Jamie, for love and direction. They miss each other when Darius is on the road, but they talk on the phone every other day.

D has a passion for music, especially rap, and he is blossoming into an incredible artist.

His drive to affect future generations of people with DMD is relentless, and Darius sees music as one way he can reach out to more people to help him with his cause.

In his free time, Darius loves to swim. In the pool, he’s mobile, and the beach is still one of Darius’s favorite places in the world.

Darius is ecstatic that his movie enables him to affect DMD. He loves the fact that he gets to travel to spread the word. And he’s also grateful that he can do so with his friends.

Our travels take us to new places just about every day…

where we meet and share with new people…

and go through new experiences.

Darius appreciates it all; he was definitely born for the road.

In addition to music and swimming, Darius likes video games and good food.

He also has a way with the ladies, who really latch on to him.

In fact, they really REALLY latch on to him.

Really really REALLY latch on to him.

Okay, okay, we think you get the point.

That’s Darius!

This is the last edition of the continuing series, Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles. To see the rest, click the name of the crew-member:
Jason Hees
John Harmon
Collin Shepley
Kevin Wier
John Hadden
Ben Smalley
Dylan Wilson
Sam Johnson
Andrew Carson
Logan Smalley
Daniel Epting


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27 Responses to “Crew Profile: Darius Weems”

  1. On February 28th, 2009, Jane Boyd said:

    Darius, we miss you at CCHS but we know you are now a part of something much bigger than us. I saw you rolling along Hancock the other day - it must’ve been over Christmas break - and from the looks of these pictures you are doing well. You look great! Keep up the important work, have FUN, and remember we will always love you!
    J Boyd

  2. On March 7th, 2009, Kathy Kilty said:

    Everyone at St. Andrew Apostle School in Silver Spring, Maryland can’t wait to meet you and your crew. See you in five days!!

  3. On March 12th, 2009, Colleen said:

    Heyyyyy!!! You came to my school today. My name is Colleen. I was wondering what the A stood for on your red hat that you wore? You are my hero and your movie was ssssoooooooo inspiring!Thanks so much

  4. On March 18th, 2009, Desiee M Sanderson said:

    My parenting class whatched “Darius Goes West” and we all loved the movie and we all talk about Darius almost everyday but we finally got or princpile to agree to let us go see you **Thanks mr. G** and we are all counting the days tell april 24 when we can go see him in west monroe, LA. Also Darius should know he and all his crew has lots of fans at EPP’s High School!! WE LOVE YOU DARIUS!!!!!!!!

  5. On March 25th, 2009, freddie jones said:

    MTV iss full of you know what if they only helped you they would of had inspired millions of people but they put there own needs in front of yalls i feel for you

  6. On March 25th, 2009, doogie said:

    yo darius wats up we watched your movie a few days ago it was awesome you can rap like no other u got to teach me sometime …you and your crew needs to come down to sulphur oklahoma sometime..peace

  7. On March 25th, 2009, Hailey Eason said:

    hey darius whats up me nothing much just got done watching your movie! you are awesome at rapping lol :)!you and your crew need to come to sulphur sometime! bring your mom lol!!! bye

  8. On March 25th, 2009, Cade Carpenter said:

    Darius Man your a strait up BALLA….you have some mad rapping skillz…your movie was great im glad i watched it… Mtv should have pimped your chair i would have watched the episode and probally recorded it on my DVR…. You are a big inspiration to many kids/students and adults in this country… You need to hit up Sulphur Oklahoma Pretty soon i would love to meet you in person…!!!!!!!;) peace Dog :)))))

  9. On March 25th, 2009, Lucy said:

    Hey Darius I just finished watching ur movie man u can rap!!!!!!(lol)Im so glad you got to go to all those places.
    :-) u should come down to Sulphur Oklahoma sometime.later

  10. On March 25th, 2009, ashley said:

    MTV should’ve pimped your wheelchair.Its not fair if they can pimp a helicopter then they should’ve pimped your wheelchair,but I think the lamborghini(thats how you spell it right???)done the job for you but anyways,you have amazing friends I would do the same for my friends if they had to be in a wheelchair.I think Im pretty lucky that I can walk and think you amazingly inspiring.

  11. On March 25th, 2009, chu yung said:

    hey Darius…I just finished watching your movie and it was a w s o m e! you should come to sulphur oklahoma sometime! :]

  12. On March 25th, 2009, Angel Hart said:

    darius u r awesome and your really good at rapping…….i think your really cool and i LOVE that u handle ur disease so well but u really need to come to sulphur,oklahoma and show these boys some skills………..cuz they need all the help they can get lol!!!BYE :]

  13. On March 26th, 2009, Freddie Jones said:

    DARIUS HOME BOY!!!!!!! your awesome at rapping You need to teach some of these wannabes a lesson. You and your crew should hit up sulphur sometime !!!!!

  14. On March 26th, 2009, Lori Barrett said:

    Darius I love your movie that you and your friends made!!!!! Everybody laughed at ALL you jokes in my last hour class! I hope you can come to Sulphur OK,!! It would be really great to meet you in person! TTYL :-)!!!

  15. On March 26th, 2009, brennon said:

    darius your awsome. you have inspired so many kids. you need to come to sulphur oklahoma some time. you need to teach me how to rap.

  16. On March 29th, 2009, lil person said:

    alright, darius win my award for…

    If any of you are surprised(which I’m sure you’re not), don’t be. DARIUS RULES!!!!!!

  17. On April 8th, 2009, Shelby Smith said:

    darius, you have truly inspired a lot of people in Sulphur Oklahoma. We would ALL love you if you would just give us one visit, and tell us how your trip was.

    You’ve got some skills, and you need to show some Oklahoma boys how to do it [[right]].


    —shelby smith.

  18. On April 12th, 2009, i need to shrink said:

    i havent been on this website in a while and i think i should say hi how r u doing and whats up sooooo ya nothings really goin on here,but ANNNDDDD my brother says hi

  19. On April 23rd, 2009, Ashley Simpson said:

    I loved this movie. It gave my great ideas for some of my songs. I think in my next song I will courage people with unaccesibilty to give their life spririt and get out there && do everyting they can. :) You are a inperation to my life.

  20. On April 23rd, 2009, Lita (17) said:

    omg! I heard about u over the radio sayin you comin to monroe. and i can only tell u da truth right now. and it is dat u really inspired me to follow my dreams.i really wish dat i could see u n monroe but dats a long way and i missed u in new orleans.but darrius all i have to say is to keep followin yo dreams, and i hope u mak it on P.M.R on MTV. i will always luv u.*Piece,chicken,and hair greese!lol:)*


  21. On January 15th, 2010, Corrina Dease said:

    this movie inspires me to so so sooooo much.
    i cried while watching.
    not to take pity or because i felt sorry for darius, but becuase he has more passion then i probably do.
    i’m seriously inspired by the crew of this movie.
    they show the true meaning of friendship.
    actually that’s why our guidance councler showed it to our whole school.
    i am in love with this documentary.
    it’s amazing.
    i only hope to do and see what this crew and darius has.

  22. On April 8th, 2011, jacobwells said:

    you are an inspiration to me . i know what it is like to be in a wheelchair keep up the good work.

    Sincerely jacob

  23. On April 21st, 2011, Sarah Chapman said:

    Darius hang in there man!!!! YOur movie was AWESOME!!!! It touched my life in a big way!!!!!! You have showed me how to be strong!!!!! Thank YOu!!!!!!! I am praying for you!!!!!

  24. On February 21st, 2012, Michelle said:

    Darius & Crew:
    It’s been a while (you guys visited Clemson in October 2008) but so great to hear that you are continuing the inspirational journey!

    The time we spent together in Clemson, although wet & muddy, was a blast and I know our beloved Mayor Abernathy would agree! (Who wouldn’t enjoy sliding backwards down Death Valley’s famous Hill, in the rain!?) Mayor recently asked about you all & wanted to know when your next visit to Tiger Town would be.
    Unfortunately, he passed away on February 11th, 2012. He would be very proud of your latest endeavors - music was one of his hobbies.

    Please continue to work hard, live your dreams and make us all proud… and of course, GO TIGERS!
    Michelle Godfrey

  25. On February 20th, 2014, marina said:

    darius is such a brave n strong man but its great to hear that he is continuing the journey

  26. On August 7th, 2015, Poonam said:

    I think just Warren Spector’s biography would be pterty interesting, as it involves both studios.Though I think there’d be more drama if there was a specific person Warren always had to fight against (as in Pirates of Silicon Valley). Maybe we could make up a fake antagonist that’s representative of game publishers? With like 8 arms and a deamon head? And Warren could use his magical dagger at the end of the movie, and plunge it straight into the heart of the publishers and there would be explosions and screaming and Warren would emerge victorious!Holywood would eat this up man, I’m telling you.

  27. On October 21st, 2015, said:

    Pleasing you should think of something like that

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