For 8-year old Dorian Murray of Rhode Island, world-wide fame is all he could ask for. After all, there’s not much time left for him.
Through the power of social media, little Dorian’s simple life dream is bearing fruition with the hashtag #DStrong.
Diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones, at the age of four years old, Dorian has battled cancer for half his life. But on December, after cancer cells found their way to his spinal fluid, Dorian’s family decided to stop treatment.
For anyone with an appointment with Death sooner than they would prefer, anguish may seem like the easy choice. Not for Dorian. As CBS News reported, Dorian told his father of his simple goal.
As Dorian’s mother Melissa Murray told CBS affiliate WPRI, Dorian wanted to become famous on “the bridge of China.”
“He meant the Great Wall of China,” WPRI quoted Melissa. “We knew that would be hard with the long travel and everything.” So the 8-year old with the strong spirit opted to simplify his goals.
“I’m just thinking before I go to heaven to try to be as famous as much as I can,” Dorian was quoted saying.
His wish was the universe’s command as his story made its way to social media with his family’s posts on Facebook and Twitter. Eventually people started to respond to the hashtag #DStrong with photos and messages of support. The outpour of encouragement and inspiration reached thousands, from netizens to celebrities such as Lance Bass and New England Patriots’Rob Grankowski, who was said to have visited Dorian recently.
“They’re just saying to keep fighting,” Dorian said about his web of supporters. He added, “They believe in me and it’s just really nice to know that so many people have my back for me.”
As his family prepares for what lies ahead, Dorian’s mom wants for there to be more awareness about pediatric cancer, which is said to have a survival rate of just about 20 percent. She also believes there is a need for more funding.
She plans on taking on the advocacy and even setting up a foundation, but at the moment she is set on making the most of the time she has with Dorian and making Dorian as comfortable and as happy while he can be.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.
To learn more about rhabdomyosarcoma, watch the video below by Mayo Clinic.
[Image from Dorian Murray/GoFundMe]