Dear Dorian…


Dorian Murray, 8 years old

Dorian Murray is an 8 year-old Rhode Island boy who has been fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma, a pediatric cancer, for four years. Last month he was told that treatment was no longer possible. Before he dies, Dorian wants to be famous. Lots of little kids want to be “famous,” but they get to grow up and decide what they really want to be. Dorian’s dream is a simple thing for a little boy who has fought so hard! Bloggers are writing about Dorian; celebrities and all kinds of people are Tweeting pictures of themselves with the hashtag “DStrong.” I am reaching out to help this little boy know that he has touched me, and so many others. If you would like to participate, find more details at New World Mom. Or, take a picture, say where Dorian is now famous and post it on Twitter or Facebook. Help make this boy’s dream come true. Read more about Dorian here.


Dear Dorian,

My name is Dawn and I’m a writer, a lady that lives in Washington State, and most importantly: a mom. My kids are big now, not little like you, but I remember when they were your age. My daughter liked to draw pictures and dance. One of my boys liked to explore the woods behind our house and dinosaurs, and my other little boy has always loved history. What are you’re favorite things? What do you like to do?

I read about you and it made me think about my kids when they were eight. When you’re eight years old, you’re not supposed to be fighting cancer; you’re supposed to be having adventures and playing. It’s not fair that you have to be so strong! But each of us has challenging things in our lives and your hard thing is the hardest thing I know.

When I heard about your wish to be famous all over the world, I wanted to help, because I would want someone to help my kids have their wishes. I think lots of kids want to be a famous movie star, or superhero, or character in a book. You get to be famous because you’re brave and you’re a fighter. That’s inspiring to lots of other people, Dorian, and that’s a great reason to be famous! When other people who are having a hard time, hear about you, they might feel a little stronger, a little braver too. That is a very important responsibility, and from reading about you, it sounds like you are just the right person to inspire others!

I am so sorry that you have had to fight cancer! No one deserves to have that happen. I know it must have been very hard some days and you probably didn’t always feel brave, or inspiring. But you were! You helped make your mom and dad feel so lucky–– to have such a brave boy, who fights so hard. You are inspiring lots of other people right now, by sharing your story and asking for all of us to support you. Asking for help, or asking for what you want in life, is a very important thing to do. I’m proud of you for asking for all of us to stop for a moment and share in your experience. I’m honored to be part of your adventure!

I know you don’t know me. You don’t know any of the people who are sending you pictures and messages from around the world, or the people like me who are writing about you… But you should know this: We are all sending you love. We are all holding you in our hearts. We are wishing you healing thoughts and safe journeys, wherever you may go. We are all sending love to your mom and dad and all the people who love you. YOU made all these people stop and think. That is a very big thing to do. I hope you feel famous, because you are!

I live in Washington State, but right now I’m visiting my new grandson in Tel Aviv Israel. His name is Amitai . Israel is in the Middle East. So now you’re famous in Israel and Washington State! In Israel we say Mazel Tov for Congratulations: so Mazel Tov, Dorian! If you want to write to me, I’ll write back:  but if you’re too busy being famous, I’m rooting for you!

Sending you love and light,

Dawn Quyle Landau

Tales From the Motherland



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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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18 Responses to Dear Dorian…

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sharing …. to make Dorian Murray, 8 years old … FAMOUS!!


  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    So many times the world isn’t fair, and this is one of those times. You’re right–eight-year-olds should not have to be battling cancer. Thank you for spreading the word about Dorian. Here’s hoping his fame grows.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lovely post. I’ll reblog yours and then he’ll be famous in NJ.


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  5. Angelina Hue says:

    Thank you Dawn for highlighting little Dorian’s big fight against cancer. He’s a brave kid.


  6. tchistorygal says:

    Thanks for sharing Dorian’s fight against cancer. Now someone in California’s big central valley knows about Dorian. 🙂



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