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Pimping His Ride--and the Push to Cure a Fatal Disease

11 June 2009 1:30 PM, PDT | Fast Company | See recent Fast Company news »

DoSomething, headed by Fast Company columnist Nancy Lublin, has recognized four young social entrepreneurs with $10,000 grants--and one with a prize of $100,000. Fast Company will profile one of these enterprising youth each day this week.

It's the morning after the night before, and Darius Weems can't get over his red-carpet experience. "Russell Simmons!" he says in awe. "Russell Simmons! He was standing there, shoulder to shoulder with me." And later, during the Do Something awards ceremony at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Simmons had presented Weems with $10,000 and honored him for his work raising awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder that took his brother's life and will eventually claim his too.

For this small-town, wheelchair-bound kid from Georgia, the awards were the latest stop in a wild journey that began with a fantastic question posed by Weems and a group of his buddies: Do you think we could »

- Jeff Chu

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