Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- A young boy from the Midlands is fighting for his life, but he's still enjoying it and inspiring others.
"This disease can almost be described as being buried alive because it slowly takes away all of their life little by little," said Richard's mom, Stephanie McMillan.
In October, 7-year-old Richard Culliver was your average second grader. And although little boys can be rough and tumble, Richard was taking too many tumbles.
"He's kind of walking like he's drunk and I asked him about that and he said it's probably just because of the fall. So we went home, he woke up normally and life resumed," she said.
After a few more days of falling, Richard went to the emergency room and that's when doctors discovered he had an inoperable brain tumor.
"It was the worst day of my life because never do you want to hear that type of news," McMillan said. "Normally 9-12 months is all that they get."
Richard has to be picked up to get around and has to drink out of a sippy cup. McMillan is worried about her son, but he's more worried about her. Richard has the support of his mom, brother, twin sister and over 19 thousand strangers.
"He'll ask me almost everyday, how many people are on his Facebook or his Twitter and he loves it. And when he gets packages in the mail he wants to know where they came from," she said.
He also gets support from a higher power. McMillan says her son is very optimistic.
"Seeing his relationship and his love for Jesus and he knows that's where he's going to go," she said.
Although Richard's body is weak, his spirit is still strong.
Tomorrow, there will be two fundraising events for Richard. Chick-Fil-A restaurants will be giving a portion of their profit to Richard. When you order, just tell them you're eating for "Richard's Journey." The following locations are participating:
- 5560 Sunset Blvd in Lexington
- 2299 Augusta Rd in W. Columbia
- 1006 Dutch Fork Rd in Irmo.
Later that night, a benefit will be held for Richard at the Lexington Country Club from 7 - 11 p.m.
There's more information on Richard on his Facebook page; just search for "Richard's Journey."