Vigil held for Westerly boy battling with cancer

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents are praying for an 8-year-old boy with terminal cancer who told his father he wanted to be famous in China.

A prayer vigil was held Sunday in Westerly for Dorian Murray.

Earlier this year, the boy told his family he wanted to be famous in China before going to heaven. His father posted the wish on social media, urging people to use the hashtag #DStrong, and it spread across the globe.

Mark Benson, pastor of Joy Fellowship Church, led Sunday’s vigil. Many of the more than 100 attendees wore #DStrong shirts.

Dorian’s family says his health has deteriorated and they are awaiting his “peaceful transition to heaven.” His treatment was stopped after cancer cells were found in his spinal fluid.

The family is now focused on spending Dorian’s last days by his side.