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August 24, 2014

'Richard's Journey' has ended; 9-year-old Lexington boy with brain cancer dies

Fund-raisers, including one today, honored Lexington boy's fight

Richard Culliver, the 9-year-old boy whose story captured the hearts of thousands throughout the Midlands, died Sunday morning according to a post on his Facebook page.

“It is with the saddest heart I share my baby had received his ultimate healing,” Richard’s mother, Stephanie McMillan, said in the Facebook post.

The Facebook page “Richard’s Journey,” was set up in 2012 and had over 43,000 likes, documenting the youth’s life after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of seven.

McMillan also set up a Gofundme page for Richard, which generated over $17,000 in donations from people who heard about his story.

Before he died, Richard was able to meet a few of his heroes including University of South Carolina Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook and USC’s quarterback Dylan Thompson, who visited Richard on Saturday.

“May God bless Richard, Stephanie and the Culliver family. Heaven got even more perfect this morning,” Holbrook said in a post on his Twitter account.

The “Rockin’ for Richard” memorial concert to honor Richard’s life and fight against cancer is being held at Moonshiners Bar and Grill located at 1345 Old Chapin Road in Lexington starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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