FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — During every game, a team needs something to inspire them.
For the New England Patriots this week, the source of inspiration wasn’t just the chance to face off against the Chiefs in the playoffs – but an 8-year-old boy from Westerly.
Fans were pumped up Saturday at Gillette Stadium as the Pats prepared to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the first divisional playoff game.
“Just doin’ it for Brady, doin’ it for Brady,” one fan said. “You know, got to look good for Tom.”
The team faced a week of distractions – including injuries and a bizarre situation involving Chandler Jones – but Saturday, the team was drawing some inspiration from Westerly’s Dorian Murray.
“He’s awesome and a real fighter.”
#DStrong for Dorian went viral this week – when the 8-year-old’s fight against cancer touched the world. He said his wish is to be famous.
“I’m just thinking, before I go to heaven, to try to be famous as much as I can be,” Dorian said in an interview with Eyewitness News Reporter Walt Buteau recently.
Photos for Dorian have been coming in from all over the world, and #DStrong took over Gillette when Rob Gronkowski visited Dorian earlier this week.
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“They all believe in me and it’s just really nice to know so many people have my back for me,” Dorian said.
Dorian and his family received luxury box seats for Saturday’s game courtesy of the Patriots and they were driven to the game in a limousine.
“They’ve got a lot of surprises for Dorian, so we’re really excited to see what happens,” added Melissa Murray, Dorian’s mom.
The Patriots ended up beating the Chiefs 27-20 to advance to their fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game.
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Patrick Pass escorted Dorian around the stadium for the game – and tailgaters before the game were talking about #DStrong, too.
“He is famous, and you know he should be,” one fan told Eyewitness News. “A story like that, you know, is so touching and close to me. I’ve lost some people to cancer and we need to cure cancer.”
At halftime, the Patriots honored Dorian by posting #DStrong messages on the big board at the stadium.
There’s no doubt about it now: Dorian got his wish.
For updates on Dorian, visit the family’s Facebook page: Praying for Dorian.