Moviegoers were enchanted earlier this year by the story of Darius Weems
, a 15-year-old victim of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
whose road trip from Georgia to Los Angeles was chronicled in WW's Longbaugh Film Festival fave Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life
Now, more than two years after the movie was filmed, Darius and his saga could help raise $100,000 for Charley's Fund
, an organization that collects money for a cure or treatment for Weems' devastating disease.
Weems is a semi-finalist for a Volvo Life Award
in the "Quality of Life" category, in which the winner earns money for his or her charity of choice. Charley's Fund has been raising money since 2004 to fight DMD, a disease found in 1 out of every 3,500 boys. DMD has no cure, and most youth suffering from DMD die in their late teens or early twenties.
The award winners are chosen by the public, which will have the opportunity to vote until Jan. 7. Voters can read biographies of the nominees and place their votes here
Weems was also recently featured on the Ellen Degeneres show's Video of the Day, viewable on her website here