COLUMBUS – NBC4 (WCMH-TV) is proud to broadcast the film, “Darius Goes West”, at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015. This award winning documentary film, produced by Logan Smalley, is about Darius Weems, a teenager living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, who journeyed 7,000 miles across the country to promote awareness of the disease and to raise money for research for a cure. Starring Darius Weems, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy, the film has won an extraordinary 28 film festival awards and was hand-picked by Robert DeNiro to screen at his children’s school during the Tribeca Film Festival.
“NBC4 is pleased the producers of “Darius Goes West” have made it possible to air this important documentary that focuses on the fatal disease, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). It is our hope that by airing this film, we’ll be shining a light on a disease that is the number one genetic killer of children in the world. Darius Weems is a heroic figure, who with the help of his friends has made a huge impact on helping find a cure from DMD” said NBC4 VP/General Manager Ken Freedman. “In Columbus, The Ross Heart Hospital at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center recently completed a clinical trial testing heart drugs. The results of the trial showed the drugs were able to slow the decline in damage to the heart muscle”, Freedman said.
All proceeds from the film go to “Charley’s Fund’, named for DMD sufferer Charley Seckler, and set up as a non-profit foundation investing in scientific research to help cure DMD. The filmmakers had originally hoped the film might raise $70,000 for DMD research, but have exceeded that goal by raising more than $2 million to date.
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