Family says Dorian Murray’s health has deteriorated

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – The family of a Westerly boy whose battle against cancer has drawn worldwide attention is now hoping for “a pain-free and peaceful transition to heaven.”

“He is transitioning,” the family shared on Facebook, estimating that he has perhaps only a few days left. “Please pray for a pain-free and peaceful transition to heaven.”

The 8-year-old boy’s long bout with cancer became a worldwide phenomenon after his wish to be famous in China went viral. His parents decided to stop cancer treatment in December after a bad checkup revealed cancer cells in his spinal fluid.

“I’m just thinking before I go to heaven to try to be as famous, like as much as I can,” he told Walt Buteau in January.

The world has responded with a tidal wave of support on social media, from messages of support from the Great Wall of China to the use of the hashtag #DSTRONG in countries across the globe.

Celebrities, politicians, police officers, firefighters and countless other people posed for pictures with #DSTRONG signs and messages.

He’s even had visits from Patriots players Rob Gronkowski and Patrick Pass, luxury box seats to a Patriots game, a State House proclamation of “#DSTRONG Day,” the key to the city of Cranston, and many, many other honors.

Murray’s family is now asking everyone to pray for Dorian. In her Facebook post his mother wrote, “Always and forever ‪#‎dstrong ‪#‎myhero ‪#‎myboy ‪#‎myworld ‪#‎myson.”

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