Darius Weems: Inspiration for the New Semester

This documentary was shared during yesterday’s faculty meeting. I was struck by the courage and determination of Darius and by the care and friendship demonstrated by his eleven friends (Young men studying to become special education teachers). Together they are all making a real difference!

Darius Weems was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Darius had never left his hometown of Athens, Georgia, because of the disease. “Thus, in the summer of 2005, with the help of eleven young friends, 15-year-old Darius set off on a road trip across the United States…in an RV and tested wheelchair-accessibility in America” (Source). Along the way Darius was able to see and experience many new things: swimming in the ocean, seeing the Grand Canyon, crossing the county line, visiting a roadside rest stop, and riding in a hot air balloon, just to name a few. The entire inspirational trip is shared in this award winning documentary.

Learn more about Darius’ ongoing cause and purchase your copy of the film, Darius Goes West, here.

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

One thought on “Darius Weems: Inspiration for the New Semester”

  1. Dear Darius Goes West Cast adn Crew,

    I have recently watch the film, Darius Goes West. I love the story and it was very heart warming. I do not have a member in my family with DMD, however that does not stop the empathy I have for children with DMD. I feel it is wonderful that the film was made. I am really hoping that more people in the world will be willing to put forth all their efort in order to help with finding a cure for DMD. The film was very inspirational and you boys are really making a difference in the world. There ought to be more people like you. Darius’s mother is a very strong woman. Other women who have children with fatal diseases have every right to look at her as a rolemodel. I just want to thank you all for everything that is being done.
    God Bless You,
    Tye Reid

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