Today is ‘DStrong Day’ in Rhode Island, honoring a child with incurable cancer

Thousands around the world have shown support for 8-year-old Dorian Murray.

–Praying for Dorian Facebook

Eight-year-old Dorian Murray is getting his own day.

The Rhode Island boy has garnered international support after being diagnosed with a rare, untreatable cancer, and now the Rhode Island General Assembly is proclaiming January 20 as “DStrong Day.’’

Dorian, who has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, will be a guest in both the House and Senate chambers for the reading of the proclamation on Wednesday, according to the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Dorian was diagnosed with stage four cancer at just 4 years old. When his cancer relapsed and spread to his spine and brain, that’s when he and his family chose to stop treatment to focus on “enjoying the time left,’’ according to his Facebook support page.


Dorian’s story has garnered international attention. Earlier this month, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski visited the Westerly boy, giving him a football messaged, “To Dorian, stay strong! #dstrong.’’

On Monday, more than 2,500 people gathered on Misquamicut Beach to spell out “#D-Strong’’ in the sand, WCVB reports. Such tributes have been seen around the world.

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