It may have been Oscar night in Southern California this past Sunday evening, but in Cranston, local celebrities gathered at the Park Theatre for an evening of music, comedy, raffles, and more in support of the “DStrong” movement.
Eight-year-old Dorian Murray, a Westerly boy with a rare form of cancer, recently learned his illness is no longer treatable. After he and his family decided to stop treatments, Dorian said his one wish was to become famous before he passed on.
From that moment on, the “DStrong” movement has taken the world by storm. Social media is filled with “#DStrong” messages, and thousands of people across the world have shown their support through banners, posters, and other means.
The comedy fundraising group Funny 4 Funds and radio station 94HJY teamed with the Park Theatre for Sunday’s event.
Approximately 700 people turned out, raising roughly $31,000 for Dorian’s Miracle.
Headliners included Tribeca for musical entertainment, followed by five comedians, including Mike Murray and Bill Simas, co-owners of Funny 4 Funds, as well as emcee Brad Pierce, Ace Aceto, and Mike Hanley.
Mayor Allan Fung stopped by to present a citation naming Feb. 28, 2016 “DStrong Day” in Cranston. He also presented Dorian’s parents, Melissa and Christopher Murray, with a key to the city for their son.