Robert Nardolillo, a Republican member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joined friends and family last Sunday to raise money for pediatric cancer.
Nardolillo, 38, participated in a skydiving event to raise funds for the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.
According to its website, “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 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.”
Murray became internationally recognized for his brave battle against the disease, even inspiring the hashtag #DStrong, which has been supported by celebrities and politicians, among others.
“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,” Nardolillo said. “The participation of Dorian’s family and friends was especially touching. I thank everyone for working together to help combat this devastating disease.”
“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,” Nardolillo said.
Mark Tripari, the owner of Skydive Newport, donated $50 per skydiver. There were 18 participants in the event.
“Skydive Newport was very proud and very excited to have been a partner with the Dorian Foundation,” Tripari said.
“Skydive Newport has been providing safe and professional tandem skydiving in Rhode Island since the summer of 1999. Offering the best instruction in the area combined with the most stunning views of the Newport Coastline, we pride ourselves in being unparalleled in safety and providing our customers with an exceptional experience from start to finish. Our aim is to treat each individual as a valued guest, and the owners are permanently on site to oversee each stage of your skydiving experience,” the center’s website says.
“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,” Melissa Murray, Dorian’s mother said.
The event raised over $4,000 for pediatric cancer treatment and research.
Anyone interested in donating to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation can send a check to P.O Box 1225 in Westerly. Checks should be payable to the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.