Eight-year-old Dorian Murray fought cancer for four years. This brave little boy’s last wish was to see himself famous in China. He wanted to see people holding D-STRONG on that “bridge”, the Great Wall in China. After his parents posted this on Facebook, the information spread very quickly. Within only 48 hours, there was 1.24 billion times reading, over 500,000 times discussion and about 2,343,000 likes on Weibo and Wechat, China’s social media platform. Pictures with D-STRONG flooded and little Dorian’s dream came true.
People reacted quickly. Most of posters were hand-written including the message for him to “be strong” and “you are famous in China”. The Great Wall lies in the northern part of China and it was pretty cold then. The girl in blue jacket underneath said and I quote and translate, “It was so cold, my phone refused to turn on. I can only take this picture in the cable car.” On her poster, she wrote “enjoy the moment” and “best wishes to you”.
A lot of people who weren’t able to go up on the Great Wall also sent their love from other local landmarks. As an international student, I also took some action at the very beginning by resending the Facebook post to our Wechat platform. I do hope I helped a little bit at least.
The Great Wall is a “bridge” in Dorian’s mind. But this time, it is really a bridge. This “bridge” linked little Dorian with all the caring hearts all around China.