Darius Weems had never ventured away from home.
Then he made a 7,000-mile journey that was the adventure of a lifetime, an odyssey chronicled in director Logan Smalley's award-winning 2007 documentary "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life."
Weems, a native of Athens, Ga., will be on hand at 7 tonight for a screening of the film at the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.) at the College of Charleston.
Weems was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children worldwide. He watched his older brother succumb to the same disease at age 19. Soon after, Weems lost use of the muscles in his legs and began using a wheelchair.
But a group of college-age friends determined to usher Weems to all the mountains, oceans and state lines their charge had never seen. In July 2005, they rented a wheelchair-accessible RV and hit the road.
Their three-week, cross-country ramble had one chief goal: to reach Los Angeles and persuade the producers of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" to customize Weems' wheelchair. They also assayed wheelchair accessibility at many of America's major tourist attractions and raised awareness of DMD by holding over a dozen press conferences. All donations given at the screening will be donated to DMD research.
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