UPDATE: "Famous" Dave Moran's star continues to rise - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATE: "Famous" Dave Moran's star continues to rise


Smith Mountain Lake resident Dave Moran may not be a household name yet, but he's well on his way to getting there. 

After he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, his friends and family decided they wanted to help him make the top wish on his bucket list -- being famous -- come true.  WSLS shared their story when they launched the campaign back in November -- and now, three months later, things are really starting to pick up.

"It's really great -- really inspiring," said Moran.  "We've had all kinds of people want to help out and do things.  I've also heard from people I haven't heard from in years and they've called me.  That's been great too."

Since last fall, restaurants around Smith Mountain Lake have put his name on their marquees and are hosting special events and fundraisers in which he's the guest of honor.

He recently returned from a Celebrity Cruise line cruise where he got to make a celebrity guest appearance on their televised announcements.

He has t-shirts, bracelets, a brand new website, and even bobbleheads to help spread the word about his campaign.

And he's received personalized video endorsements from people who know a thing or two about being famous, including comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

"The reason I feel more famous is I find that people are sucking up to me a little bit," laughed Moran.  "I think that's a good indicator.  When you start getting the VIP treatment and people start sucking up, you're on the way to being famous."

Following his cancer diagnosis, Moran vowed to look at the world through rose colored glasses -- not only when it came to enjoying life but lending a helping hand as well.

He, his family, and friends have started a Relay for Life team that will participate in the Vinton relay at William Byrd High School later this year.  He's also working with the organization on some promotional things to help raise awareness and money for cancer research.

"I want to use my fame to do good things," said Moran.  "A question I ask myself, and always have [asked myself], is will any good come from this?  And I can see a lot of good coming from this."

If you'd like to help Moran along the path to stardom, you're encouraged to "Like" his facebook page "Famousdave- Life's too short NOT to be famous" or visit his website, www.famousdavemoran.com.




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