03/18/2016 17:26 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Book by boy who wished to be famous in China due for release

BOSTON — A children's book written in part by an 8-year-old Rhode Island boy whose dying wish to become famous in China echoed around the world will be released next week.

Dorian Murray died last week after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer.

The Boston Globe reports ( ) author Nicole Cannella helped Dorian write "Leaving a Mark." The book aims to comfort other young cancer patients and fund cancer research.

Dorian was given a digital copy of the book days before his death.

The Westerly boy's wish in January to be famous in China before he went to heaven took off on social media with the hashtag DStrong. People around the world including celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Conan O'Brien sent him photos and well wishes.


This story has been corrected to show the dying wish was made in January, not about a month ago.


Information from: The Boston Globe,

The Associated Press