Celebrating Dorian’s birthday through acts of kindness


WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — The mother of Dorian Murray, the inspiration behind the #DStrong movement, is preparing to celebrate her son’s first birthday since his passing.

Melissa Doty Murray posted a heartfelt message to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation Facebook page on Wednesday. In observance of his birthday, she urged people to spread kindness and good deeds on this day. She is asking that people share their acts of kindness with her and the world on social media using the hashtag #GoodDeedsforDorian. He would have turned nine on Thursday.

Murray writes:

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season! The last couple of months have been difficult for me and my family……my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year…..all first holidays without our beloved Dorian. We’ve all struggled with it.

Tomorrow is Dorian’s birthday. His first in heaven. He should be 9 years old tomorrow, instead he is forever 8. We are having a gathering tomorrow with family and close friends to celebrate Dorian’s life, his day, and his memory.

If you would like to honor Dorian tomorrow, on his birthday, a kind gesture towards someone else would be the perfect way to do it. Anything that brings someone else some positivity is great. Compliment a stranger on their sweater or scarf, purchase the coffee for the person behind you, call a friend and let them know how much you appreciate them. Make someone smile tomorrow, then look up to the sky and wish Dorian a very happy birthday.

I would love to read about what you did, please post your good deed. 💙

#dstrong #foreverdstrong #gooddeedsfordorian #dorianjmurrayfoundation #myboy #myworld #myson #myangel #happybirthday #happybirthdayinheaven

On Thursday, people responded to Murray’s call to action and logged good deeds, ranging from buying breakfast for the person behind them in a drive-through to making donations to the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Dorian passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma in March of last year. His battle inspired people around Rhode Island and the world, who shared the hashtag #DStrong after Dorian said he wanted to be famous before he died.

“I still cry every day for my son,” Murray said Thursday. “Usually at 8:28. He passed at 8 28, and so every night at 8:28 p.m. I talk to him, I pray for him. It’s usually when I cry.”

The foundation is aimed at raising awareness of pediatric cancer and funds for research. Events like Project 3.8 have underscored what little money is spent on fighting cancers like the one that struck Dorian at the age of 4.

The name comes from the percentage of cancer funding that goes towards pediatric cancer.

“My heart is broken and it’s shattered, that will never change, but I have a fire” Murray added. “His memory fuels me, and the fact that I want to make a difference for pediatric cancer, that’s what keeps me going.”

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