NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – A state representative joined family and friends of Dorian Murray in skydiving to raise money for the foundation that was started in his name.
Dorian Murray died last year after a long battle with pediatric cancer, and he became an international hero for his courage and candor, prompting the hashtag #DStrong and a flood of support from celebrities, politicians, first responders, and many others.
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Sunday, State Representative Robert Nardollilo joined Murray’s family and friends in skydiving to raise money for the foundation. In all, 18 jumpers took part in the event.
According to Representative Nardollilo’s office, $4,000 was raised for the Dorian J. Murray Foundation. Dorian’s parents started the foundation after his death in March of 2016 with the goal of supporting research into pediatric cancer and financially supporting families with children battling cancer.
“I was very happy to coordinate this event with Dorian’s mother, Melissa, which directly assists children suffering with pediatric cancer and their families in Rhode Island,” Nardollilo said. “The participation of Dorian’s family and friends was especially touching. I thank everyone for working together to help combat this devastating disease.”
The owner of Skydive Newport, Mark Tripari, donated $50 per jumper, and supporters could sponsor skydivers as well.
“Skydive Newport was very proud and very excited to have been a partner with the Dorian Foundation,” Tripari said.
Anyone interested in donating to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation can send checks to P.O Box 1225 in Westerly. Make checks payable to: the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.