Lexington cancer patient ‘touching lives’

brantin@thestate.com(803) 771-8306February 14, 2013 

Richard Culliver has experienced an outpouring of love from the community since news of his medical challenges began spreading on social media and area news outlets.

The 7-year-old Lexington youth has been battling an inoperable brain tumor, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, diagnosed in October. Over time, it will inhibit Richard’s ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe.

Richard was released from the hospital in October and with the help of family and friends, he’s been making the most of every day, taking family trips, visiting with some his heroes on the University of South Carolina baseball team and meeting other high-profile members of the community.

The youngster’s story is chronicled on his Facebook page, Richards Journey, which has attracted nearly 20,000 followers.

D.T. Cromer of Lexington, one of the many to befriend Richard and his family in recent months, says the support shown to Richard is a testament to the young boy’s character.

“He is touching lives by simply loving everyone he meets with the purest heart you have ever seen,” Cromer said. “This 7-year-old boy has never once asked why and is the most positive person I have ever met.”

This Saturday, community members will gather at The Lexington Country Club for The Richard Culliver Benefit Event.

The evening will feature entertainment by The O’Kaysions with auction items and a cash bar. Admission is $25, and all proceeds will be used to assist the Culliver family with expenses.

Saturday’s benefit is from 7-11 p.m. at 1066 Barr Road in Lexington.

Expected guests include USC baseball Coach Chad Holbrook, former Clemson football Coach Danny Ford, Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, Carolina Panthers football player Captain Munnerlynn, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts and “Pastor of Pain” Corey Miller.

But Cromer said those who come will be most impressed by the young guest of honor.

“Once you meet him you will know. He is an awesome kid, and I feel so blessed that my family can call him our friend. We love him.”

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