Beginning Labor Day weekend, the legacy of Dorian (#D-Strong) Murray and the faces of 19 other Rhode Island children who are battling cancer will be the focus of a statewide traveling photo exhibit designed to raise awareness about the impact of pediatric cancer on children and their families and the need for more pediatric cancer research funding. The exhibit, entitled Project 3.8, will kick off on September 3, 2016 to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at the Ocean House in Westerly and will continue at locations across Rhode Island through the end of October. A video announcing the campaign can be found below:
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, yet the amount of research funding that goes to finding a cure for pediatric cancer accounts for just 3.8% of all cancer research dollars, thus the name Project 3.8.
“Pediatric cancer impacts families in ways that most people cannot begin to imagine,” said Wickford-based photographer Robyn Ivy, a friend of the Murray family who took the iconic ‘boxing’ photo of Dorian that helped draw attention to his fight. “It is our hope that through this campaign, our community will better understand the challenges faced by the families of these children and will join us in working together to increase funding aimed at finding a cure for this devastating illness.”
Ivy, who came up with the idea and approached Melissa Murray about the campaign, has photographed the 19 other children featured in this exhibit in the same ‘boxing’ pose as Dorian’s photograph to demonstrate the fighting spirit of these children who come from all walks of life and from communities across Rhode Island.
“The #DStrong movement was so powerful and demonstrated what can be done when we come together as a global community,” said Melissa Murray, Dorian’s Mom and President of the Dorian J. Murray Foundation. “If this campaign can make an important contribution in the fight to eliminate pediatric cancer, then I will be truly grateful that Dorian’s short-time in the world spotlight was for a meaningful purpose.”
The exhibit will begin its journey across Rhode Island starting September 3 at The Ocean House in Westerly. The shows are open to all ages with a $10 donation suggestion. All proceeds will benefit the Dorian J. Murray Foundation.
- September 3- The Ocean House
- September 9-18- Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket
- September 24 – Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard – Little Compton
- October 1- Biltmore Hotel, Providence- partnered with the 5th Annual Izzy Gala
- October 29- Jamestown Art Center
For people who want to become involved, they can attend the show, make a financial contribution, become a sponsor or become affiliated with local organizations such as the Izzy Foundation and the Tomorrow Fund. Ivy is seeking additional venues for pop-up gallery shows especially on Aquidneck Island and the East Bay so that the show can travel to all four corners of Rhode Island. Additional dates, including a five-day exhibit at the Rhode Island State House in October will be announced. For updates on additional shows and more information visit 3point8.org.