Mount Pleasant boy, 8, with brain tumor dies

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- An 8-year-old boy battling an aggressive brain-stem tumor has died. In July, Ethen Richardson was given less than a year to live.The Lowcountry community rallied in support of Ethen.His family, on a Facebook page, said Wednesday night that "Ethen is completely healed and there is no more sickness. God called his little angel back home today."The Make-A-Wish Foundation sent the Richardsons to New York City for a week around the New Year. Also in January, the South Carolina Aquarium and the Coast Guard gave him a day to remember. He got a behind the scenes look at the aquarium and then got to skipper a Coast Guard vessel.Ethen ran a lemonade stand in Park West ever since his diagnosis to help his family pay for his medical bills.A Facebook page has been set up with details about a planned candlelight vigil in honor of Ethen. The vigil is set for Wednesday, May 14. The vigil will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. On Saturday, there is also a celebration of Ethen's life at Awendaw Green. The event starts at 4 p.m. and will go until the last person leaves, according to the Facebook page.{}"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 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. At 4 p.m., they will release red Chinese lanterns in his honor.{}"In the words of Ethen - 'This is going to be amazing!'"