A look back at how Dorian dreamed big and conquered

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WESTERLY, RI (WPRI) – His story went around the world thanks to you and the internet, with a huge push from his vibrant and pure personality.

The kid behind #DStrong loved playing the video game Dragon City.

“You can feed them and then once you get them really, really strong, you can bring them into battle,” Dorian Murray told us as his fame was starting to grow.

Dorian went to battle when he was four; Rhabdomyosarcoma – seven syllables that meant shock for his family.

“He had a nine-inch tumor in in his leg,” his mom Melissa told us at the time. “And it was devastating and life changing.”

The Murrays fought the cancer together, with this tough as nails kid leading the way.

“The needles, all the meds,” he said. “Everything we have to go through. It’s just a lot. It’s a lot to take.”

But four years into the struggle, cancer crept into his spinal chord. The long odds were suddenly longer.

“And he made the same decision that we did,” his mom said. “Knowing full well what stopping his treatment would mean for him and his life and he made it.”

It was a Sunday when “D” told his dad he wanted to be famous at the bridge in China. Bridge, Great Wall, it didn’t matter. Dorian’s mom and dad put the message on Facebook and the world responded.

Bridge, Great Wall, it didn’t matter. Dorian’s mom and dad put the message on Facebook and the world responded.

“I just try to be famous as much as I can,” the blue-eyed Dorian said.

His reason didn’t quite mesh with his age.

“Cause then I can get lots of girls,” the eight-year-old said, sending a wave of smiles through his living room. “Almost everybody’s sending texts every 30 seconds. They’re just saying to keep fighting and that they all believe in me. And it’s just really nice that so many people have my back for me.”

His mom learned to expect big things from her little boy.

“I couldn’t be prouder,”  she said. “Yeah. He’s my hero. He’s gone through so much. And just every day he makes me proud.”

Dorian’s fame got him a face to face with a seal. He won a boxing title. There was VIP treatment at places like Lego Land.

And luxury box seats at a Patriots playoff game, where he made quite an impression on limo driver Peter DeAngelis, who was battling cancer.

“A lot of people in this world have something to learn from him whether they’re sick or not,” DeAngelis said.

It was an amazing final run for an astonishing little boy who dreamed big.

“I’m just thinking before I go to heaven to try to be famous like as much as I can,” he said. And that’s exactly what happened.His spirit lives on in a foundation created by his mother, the Dorian J. Murray Foundation, aimed at providing emotional and financial support to families dealing with pediatric cancer.Send your story ideas to Walt at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow us on Twitter:@StreetStories12 and @wbuteau.

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