WAKEFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — He’s not old enough to drive, but 8-year-old Dorian Murray already has his own vanity license plate.
The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday presented the Westerly boy with a commemorative DStrong license plate during a ceremony at the DMV’s Wakefield branch.
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“Some of the people suggested we do his own vanity plate for him, and we came up with the design and we all chipped in and had it matted and framed to give it as a presentation,” said DMV Administrator Walter Craddock.
Dorian is battling a rare form of pediatric cancer. His story has gained global attention after he told his parents he wanted to become famous before going to heaven. People all over the world, including several celebrities, have taken to social media using the DStrong hashtag to show their support for Dorian.
“It means a lot to us to have this,” Dorian’s mom, Melissa Murray, said of the license plate. “It just shows how much support the state has given us and that everybody is DStrong.”
The plate even included a nod to #DStrong Day.
“The validation sticker, we decided to put January on, because January 20 was the day he was recognized at the statehouse,” added Craddock. “It was Dorian Murray Day in the state of Rhode Island, so we wanted to commemorate that with the plate we’ve put forward for the presentation to him today.”
To honor Dorian, the DMV employees also made a donation to the American Cancer Society.