WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Dorian Murray’s fearless battle with cancer will continue to inspire, now in the form of a traveling photo exhibit.
Starting Labor Day Weekend, the exhibit will make stops across Rhode Island. By featuring the fighting spirit of Dorian and 19 other Rhode Island children, it aims to raise awareness of the impacts of pediatric cancer on families and the need for more funding.
The exhibit is called Project 3.8, for the fact that 3.8 percent of all cancer research dollars are dedicated to pediatric cancer, despite the fact that more than 15,000 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Dorian died in March at the age of 8 following a years-long battle with rhabdomyosarcoma. His wish to become famous resulted in an outpouring of support from around the world and he served as a source of inspiration and strength for people from his hometown of Westerly to as far away as China and Australia.
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Last week, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the creation of a #DStrong license plate in his honor.
“The #DStrong movement was so powerful and demonstrated what can be done when we come together as a global community,” said Dorian’s mother, Melissa Murray. “If this campaign can make an important contribution in the fight to eliminate pediatric cancer, then I will be truly grateful that Dorian’s short time in the world spotlight was for a meaningful purpose.”
Here is the list of events so far:
- Sept. 3: The Ocean House in Westerly
- Sept. 9-18: Candita Clayton Gallery in Pawtucket
- Sept. 24: Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton
- Oct. 1: The Biltmore Hotel in Providence, partnered with the 5th Annual Izzy Gala
- Oct. 29: Jamestown Art Center
Additional dates are expected to be announced.
The shows are open to all ages with a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds will go towards the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.
Those who want to get more involved can do so by attending an event, making a financial contribution, becoming a sponsor, or becoming affiliated with local organizations such as The Izzy Foundation.
Visit Project 3.8’s website for more information.