Darius was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that claimed the life of his older brother. Knowing the rest of his life would be spent in a wheelchair, at 15 Darius left his home for the first time on a cross-country road trip. Darius and his best friends drove from small-town Georgia to California, hoping to convince MTV to “pimp his ride,” his wheelchair that is. They decided to film their trip and made a documentary called Darius Goes West sell the DVDs to fund research.
To date, Darius has raised almost 2 million dollars for DMD research, and traveled over 100,000 miles educating Americans about his cause.
In June, Darius won a $10,000 grant at the Do Something Awards, which honors young people for their service work, and will use the money to distribute more DVDs to raise awareness amongst young people. At the award show, MTV announced that they would air his documentary on MTV2 and MTVu.
For more information about Darius and other people that have made the decision to Do Something, visit: www.DoSomething.org