Memorial held for boy who wished to be famous in China

In this Sunday, March 20, 2016 photo, Chris Murray, third from left and Melissa Doty Murray, center right wearing brown coat, release balloons at a celebration of their son Dorian Murray 's life at a candlelight memorial at Westerly High School track in Westerly, R.I. The boy, whose dying wish to become famous in China, died earlier in March after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer. (Christine Corrigan/The Westerly Sun via AP)

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Rhode Island boy whose dying wish was to become famous in China say they’re proud his story echoed around the world.

A memorial service was held Sunday in Westerly to honor Dorian Murray, who died earlier this month after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer. Flameless candles were illuminated, and a singer performed a song she wrote for Dorian.

The Westerly boy’s final wish in January to be famous in China took off on social media with the hashtag #DStrong. People around the world including celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Conan O’Brien sent him well wishes.

Dorian’s parents say they’ll continue to spread the #DStrong message.

Dorian’s mother and father say the turnout shows how many people were inspired by their son.

Dorian Murray

 

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