What is the ‘Know About It’ initiative?

The Darius Goes West ‘Know About It’ Program provides any teacher, professor, school administrator or student leader with a free copy of the award-winning film, Darius Goes West (we only ask that you pay $3 in shipping). Also check out the multi-subject curriculum, classroom challenges and the opportunity for visits from members of the DGW crew. The goal of ‘Know About It’ is to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the number one genetic killer of children in the world.

What is Darius Goes West?

Accompanied by his eleven best friends, Darius Weems, a fifteen-year-old living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), leaves home for the first time in his life. The rowdy crew sets a course for California where they hope to convince MTV to customize Darius’s wheelchair on the hit show, Pimp My Ride. Along the way, they found joy, brotherhood and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride. Darius Goes West has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people of all ages all around the world.

‘Darius Goes West’ is more than a film. The continuing story of Darius, his crew, and the tens of thousands of supporters they have met in their travels can be experienced on this website. This site is continually updated with short videos, blog posts, and innovative initiatives that aim to affect a cure for DMD.
Click here to view a preview of Darius Goes West.

How do I sign up to receive a copy?

Simply click here to fill out the form, donate $3 to our Firstgiving page to cover the shipping and we will mail you a copy of the film within a week. Be sure to check back in with us on the website for supplemental curriculum and lesson plan ideas.

What makes Darius Goes West an educational film?

Combining energy, young people and an important cause, ‘Darius Goes West’ has made an impact on students throughout the country. The film covers important topics like awareness of the world’s number one genetic killer of children, examples of motivated youth changing the world, tolerance, caregiving, accessibility issues and more. Darius’ biggest audience, in fact, has been middle and high schools, as well as colleges.

2008′s National Principal of the Year, Mark Wilson, even initiated a ‘Write America’ program, where students from his school and one other sent a handwritten note and free ‘Darius Goes West’ DVD to every public school guidance office in the country. Throughout 2008 and 2009, Darius and the crew also traveled to over 300 schools, and the film itself has screened at thousands of others. To find out what other teachers think about the film, click here.

How could I have a crew member visit my class?

Darius Weems, the main focus of ‘Darius Goes West,’ is available for video conference Q&As. Due to health reasons, he is no longer able to travel to all the schools he would like to, but we’ve found that Darius’ video presence is a successful tool for engaging with students. Other integral members of the crew are also available to visit classrooms in person, if that is the preferred method. For more information on having Darius or a crew member speak to your students, click here.

What are other ways I can involve my students with DGW?

One popular way many classrooms have shown their support for finding a cure for Duchenne is through the Goslabi Challenge. Conceived from one of the most beloved scenes in the film, the Goslabi Challenge is a fun way to help cure a fatal disease. Students and teachers alike eat a spoonful of the fiery green wasabi, and find sponsors for their spoon. To date, the Goslabi Challenge has raised almost $9,000 for a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy cure. To find out more, or sign up for the Goslabi Challenge, click here.