The legacy of Ethen Richardson
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- For the past nine months, a Mount Pleasant boy struggled to win his fight with a rare brain stem tumor. During that time Ethen Richardson inspired parents and kids by raising awareness of childhood diseases.
Ethen Richardson liked to have fun. Hamming it up for the camera brought laughter to everyone.
"There's no words to describe him really. He was just a very, extra special little boy," said Brandy Richardson.
She knows every Mom says that about their child. But she really thinks Ethen was different.
"He was just captivating. Everybody loved his little voice and his smile. And he hugged everyone. He never met a stranger," said Richardson.
Less than a year after doctors diagnosed him with an inoperable tumor, Ethen's battle to live ended Wednesday.
"It was very peaceful when he left. We were all around him and I think he might have been asleep. It was all very peaceful and it was on his terms," explained Richardson.
Last August, a lemonade stand was opened in his Park West neighborhood to raise money for medical bills.
"It brought the community together. It formed relationships, friendships with people whose paths otherwise wouldn't have crossed. And it made us better Christians and better parents," said Todd Richardson, Ethen's dad.
On Friday, neighbors remembered Ethen, and his family recalled their kindness.
"Thank you, you know, thank you for supporting my baby," said Brandy Richardson.
The Richardsons are holding a celebration of Ethen's life. At 4p.m. Saturday, a party will take place at Awendaw Green on Highway 17 in Awendaw. Kids and adults are welcome.
"Bring your lawn chairs and coolers full of your favorite beverage and join us for live music, entertainment, bouncy houses, face painting, food, cotton candy, and bacon," a new message on the family's Facebook page reads.
The event is designed to give people who knew Ethen a chance to tell stories about him and how he touched the lives of so many people across the Lowcountry.
t 4 p.m., they will release red Chinese lanterns in his honor.
"In the words of Ethen - 'This is going to be amazing!'"