The public has a second opportunity to catch the touching and award-winning documentary, "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life" at a free screening next month.
Parkland College's Club ACCESS and the Parkland College Association Diversity Committee are cosponsoring the event, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library. The groups hosted the film last year on Parkland's campus in observance of Disability Awareness Month (October).
The documentary spotlights Darius Weems of Athens, Georgia, a 15-year-old battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the same disease that took his brother Mario's life at age 19. Accompanied by a group of 11 young friends, Darius leaves home for the first time in his life, traveling to California in hopes of convincing MTV to customize his wheelchair on its hit show, "Pimp My Ride."
The courageous journey, which began in summer 2005, touched hearts across the country and raised both awareness for Americans with disabilities and more than $1.5 million for DMD research. Since its February 2007 release, "Darius Goes West" has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. For more on the documentary and fundraising effort, visit www.dariusgoeswest.org