A few months ago, Brett Ratner came to the office and, among other things, asked what we were going to do about this kid Darius Weems. Darius suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) — the leading genetic killer of young people worldwide, which took his brother’s life at age 19.
When he was just 16, Darius traveled across the country to raise awaress and funding for DMD, and he made a documentary about his quest to pimp his wheelchair on MTV.
So far, he’s raised nearly $2 million for DMD research. Last Sunday, on his 20th birthday, MTV helped Darius reach millions more by broadcasting his award-winning documentary “Darius Goes West.”
Here’s Darius with my colleague and friend, Jason Rzepka, talking about the documentary on CNN:
Learn more about this amazing kid here.
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