ABC Nightline: Darius Weems Incredible Cross-Country Journey

November 29, 2012
An hour-long special on Darius Weems’ life with muscular dystrophy included an interview with our own Dr. Kathryn Wagner, who is studying an innovative heart treatment for young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Darius Weems is on a mission, but even though he is only 23 years old, it's a race against time. Darius, an aspiring rapper and star of the documentary, "Darius Goes West," suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder that results in the disintegration of muscle tissue. Legs and arms are seized, and eventually, so are the muscles that surround the heart. In the United States, the majority of people afflicted with this disease die by age 25. Read more.

Watch the full episode.