NEWPORT, R.I. –  On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Representative Robert A. Nardolillo (R-District 28 Coventry) along with 18 other jumpers, including family and friends of Dorian J. Murray, participated in the skydiving event at Skydive Newport.  The event to raised awareness of pediatric cancer and raised $4,000.00 for the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.

Representative Nardolillo said, “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.  The participation of Dorian’s family and friends was especially touching.  I thank everyone for working together to help combat this devastating disease.”

The Dorian J. Murray Foundation (DJMF) emerged from a young boy’s dream to help kids who are fighting cancer. Dorian Murray aka ‘D’ (2008-2016) would sell his toys on the front lawn with the intent to give the money back to his oncology clinic. Dorian’s desire to help his fellow cancer fighters inspired the foundation’s existence.


Dorian J. Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma shortly after his 4th birthday.  For almost 4 years, Dorian would battle this disease with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. He would relapse 3 times before gaining his angel wings on March 8, 2016.  During his battle Dorian not only inspired his family and friends with his bravery and courage, but also inspired an entire nation.  Shortly after learning that his cancer was no longer responsive to treatment, Dorian told his father he wanted to be famous in China, at the Great Wall.  A simple Facebook post caught the attention of the world and what was once a family used slogan became an internet sensation; #Dstrong went global.

Dorian’s parents created the Dorian J. Murray Foundation after Dorian passed away, in the hopes of helping other families deal with the high cost of caring for sick children.  Its mission is to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, to support research focusing on new medicines towards finding a cure, and to help other oncology families in need.  The Dorian J. Murray Foundation hopes to change how childhood cancer is viewed and treated.

“Skydiving For A Cause is about bringing awareness to a charity in a very unique way.  Dorian’s story of bravery, and his beautiful smile captured my heart, as well as hearts worldwide. It was an honor to be able to celebrate his life with his family and friends.  On Sunday, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Dorian was definitely smiling down on us. ”

Dorian’s mother, Melissa Murray said, “I want to thank Representative Robert Nardolillo and Skydive Newport for honoring the life of my son Dorian, as well as supporting the foundation set up in his name, with this skydiving event.  The money raised from this event will benefit the Dorian J. Murray Foundation, which will be used to help other children, like Dorian, suffering with cancer.”

Marc Tripari, owner of Skydive Newport donated $50.00 per jumper (each jumper paid a $230.00 jump fee) to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.

“Skydive Newport was very proud and very excited to have been a partner with the Dorian Foundation.  Hats off to Rep. Nardolillo for putting this together with Dorian’s mother Melissa and Skydive Newport.  Everyone had a great time including Chanel 10 reporter Patricia Resende that jumped as well,” said Tripari.

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