GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) – It has been a few months since 8-year-old Dorian Murray lost his years-long battle with cancer, and Saturday a “DStrong” bike run was held in his memory to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.
Before he passed, Dorian told Eyewitness News reporter Walt Buteau, “I’m just thinkin, before I go to heaven, to try to be famous like as much as I can.” And fame is exactly what Dorian achieved, touching the hearts of people all over the world.
Dorian lost his 4-year battle with cancer in March, but his memory and legacy continue to thrive in the form of events like Saturday’s bike run.
“He was definitely into motorcycles, cars, anything loud and fast,” says Dorian’s father, Christopher Murray. “I know he’s watching us and he’s wishing he’s here and we’re wishing he’s here too.”
Hundreds of people hopped on their Harley Davidson bikes for a ride in Dorian’s honor, with Dorian’s parents leading the “DStrong” pack.
“You have to like stay strong for D, stay D Strong,” Dorian once said.
“It’s just a message to everyone to keep fighting, everything he stood for, so that’s what we’re going to keep doing,” says Adriana Iannuzzi.
Saturday’s event was about keeping Dorian’s legacy alive, and raising awareness and funds to fight pediatric cancer.
“Pediatric cancer is severely underfunded in my opinion,” says Melissa Murray, Dorian’s mother. “People don’t talk about childhood cancer as much as I think they should. We talk about breast cancer all the time, we talk about colon cancer, we talk about prostate cancer, but nobody wants to talk about pediatric cancer. It’s a very real thing, our kids are dying, the cure rates are very low, and it just needs to get better and that’s our goal.”
The funds raised from Saturday’s bike run will go to the DStrong Foundation for pediatric cancer, set up by Dorian’s parents in his honor. To donate to the foundation, visit http://dstrongfoundation.org/