Deputies Make Child's Wish Come True

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Wednesday, the Richland County Sheriff's Department called in their helicopter, tanker, part of the K-9 unit and several deputies to help make a life-long dream, of a local boy, come true.

"Richard has always, his whole life, said he wanted to work in law enforcement, and be able, his particular wish was to work in a prison and teach the inmates," says Stephanie McMillan

McMillan is the mom of Richard Culliver, who's just seven years old.

"He has more strength than every deputy out here put together," says Joseph Pellicci of the Richland County Sheriff's Department

Last October, Richard was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"When you hear your child doesn't have long to live, I didn't hear that at first, I just thought what can we do to fix him?," says McMillan

Unfortunately, both McMillan and Richard learned the tumor in Richard's brain was inoperable and there was nothing doctors could do to save his life.

"When we realized it wasn't going to work, I did everything I could to try and, you know, make sure what time he gets we build the best memories we could possibly build for him and the family," says McMillan

That includes meeting Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and getting a tour of how the department fights crime.

"It's fulfilling a dream and it's amazing," says McMillan.

It was a day that tugged at the heart strings of so many including Pellicci, who also has brain cancer.

"I'm 52 years old, that's ok. I've had a good life and he hasn't even had his life start yet," says Pellicci

Diagnosed eight years ago, Pellicci shared some of his story with Richard as Richard shared his.

"Something like that shouldn't happen to someone at that age," says Pellicci

So at only seven years old, Richard is living what could be his last days. But with the support of the community, Richard, with his mother standing by him for every step, is fighting to live to every day he has to the fullest.

"You can't put into words how this feels, you just can't," says McMillan.

To hear about Richard's next big adventure, just log on to the "Richard's Journey" Facebook page.

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