Why They Might Change The World: Inspires and motivates people to dream big
Organization Founded: Darius Goes West Foundation
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is an illness that Darius Weems has lived with since he was five years old. Diagnosed as a young kid after losing his brother to the same illness, Weems is determined to raise awareness and help fund research for a cure.
In 2006, family friend Logan Smalley filmed the documentary "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life", a film that followed Smalley and Weems' journey from Georgia to California in hopes that West Coast Customs of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" would pimp his wheelchair. Although he didn't get his chair pimped out, the documentary was a tremendous success and sales of the DVD have raised over $1.5 million for DMD research.
Weems constantly strives to motivate and inspire young people through advocacy and educational programs. As an aspiring rapper, Weems released his first album "My Life in This Chair" late 2012 and continues to speak to young audiences across the country.