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Dorian Murray's family, friends take to sky to bring awarness to pediatric cancer

Melissa Murray and an instructor at Skydive Newport jump in support of Dorian Murray Foundation. (WJAR)

The sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. Melissa and Chris Murray, the parents of the late Dorian Murray say their little boy made that happen.

The Murrays, along with 16 others, took to the skies on Sunday morning to skydive to in memory of their son and to bring awareness to a rare pediatric disease.

Together with a number of friends and family, the Murrays jumped from 10,000 feet for their son Dorian #DStrong Murray, an 8-year-old boy who died after battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and untreatable form of pediatric cancer.

"It was the biggest rush I've ever felt," Melissa Murray told NBC 10 News said just minutes after she landed. "It was amazing."

The Murrays announced the Dorian J. Murray Foundation, a charity foundation in Dorian’s name created to raise awareness of pediatric cancer to a whole new level. And Rep. Robert "Bobby" Nardolillo said he was touched by the Murrays' story and wanted to help.

That's when he contacted Skydive Newport owner Marc Tripari, who he's worked with on charity events over the years.

“Skydiving for a Cause is about bringing awareness to charity in a very unique way,” said Rep. Robert “Bobby” Nardolillo, who organized the jump. “Dorian’s story of bravery, and smile captured my heart and hearts worldwide. It was an honor to be able to celebrate his life with family and friends today. Dorian was definitely smiling down on us.”

The event raised more than $4,000 for the foundation.

Skydive Newport, a family owned and operated skydiving center in Middletown, donated $50 ($900) for every jumper who participated in Dorian's memory to the cause.

The foundation raises money to support research, making donations to organizations such as St. Baldrick's and CureSearch. It also supports families of children diagnosed with cancer by donating directly to them, as well as to the Tomorrow Fund.

The Foundation is a way for Dorian to continue to give back and keep his name and the #DStrong movement alive -- a movement that has taken literally the world by storm -- with photos of DStrong support showing up around the globe.

Now, the Murrays and the rest of Dorian's family invites the public to give blood in his memory July 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Stonington Police Department.

Melissa Murray, says it was the blood products given by more than 100 donors that allowed her extra precious time with her son. She will be at the drive to encourage those who are eligible to roll up a sleeve and help replenish the supply as the American Red Cross deals with a critical drawdown.


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