Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
Phone: (401) 596-4929   

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                                                                                  January 13, 2016
Dear Friends,

It was a sight to behold.  With his million dollar smile, Rob Gronkowski, of the New
England Patriots, stood alongside Dorian and his parents.  It was a dream come true
for the eight year boy.  For "Gronk" it was an opportunity to stand with a real hero.

Dorian is a local boy who has been battling stage 4 cancer since he was four years old.
I was in church the first time I heard his name.  Someone asked for prayers for her
friend's little boy.  She simply asked for us to pray for "D" and his family.

He has put up a great fight and showed tremendous courage.  In his short life he has
become an inspiration to all who have come to know him.  I scrolled through his
Facebook page.  It was filled with images of people who were promoting #DStrong.

Among them was a group of U.S. Marines.  The post said, "To a true warrior; You
are stronger than any Marine we will ever know.  The Marines of 12th Marine
Regiment have you in their prayers....Keep fighting! Semper Fidelis, Dorian!

Dorian's Facebook page features a quote from Desmond Tutu that reads, "Hope is
being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness."  I can't imagine that
there is a darker place in this world than a child's battle with cancer.

Yet in Dorian's story we can see that hope.  Out of that darkness has come an
outpouring of love and prayers to light the way.  It stretches as far away as China.
With each picture, each note, each word of encouragement, this family has learned
that they are not alone.

It is often in the outstretched arms of a friend or neighbor that God gives us strength
and comfort to help us stand strong.  It is often in the simple things that we find hope.
Many of us have seen the light of hope in the smile of this beautiful young man named
Dorian.  May God bless him and his family.

God bless! See you in church.
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