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Richard Culliver suffers from inoperable brain cancer Richard Culliver suffers from inoperable brain cancer

This will be the most special of Christmases for one family new to the Midlands. That's because, it seems, it will be the last they share.

Earlier this fall, Richard Culliver's mother had just transferred to Lexington from Atlanta.

They didn't have a pediatrician when he started falling down repeatedly. They went to the ER.

"At the time, they told me he had a tumor," said his mother.  "At first they said it was a small one they could remove but then they transferred us and the next day they did a MRI which confirmed it was DIPG, which is inoperable."

His medications cause his face to swell. The tumor causes kids to lose their vision and their hearing.

It also takes away the ability to walk, something Richard cried about Friday on the way to radiation.

"It hurts because I want to make it better," said his mother. "I just tell him its okay to be upset , that mommy's upset too."

And it may seem she has everything to cry over too. She can't work for obvious reasons. They are between places to live and this week the transmission went out in her car.

But when time is precious that stuff might not matter so much.

And in this holiday season she's been given the gift of perspective. It's one she wants to share.

"That God can get you through any situation and that there's a lot of good in this world," she said.  

Right now, Richard goes to the hospital five days a week for radiation. It's a trial. The kind of cancer he has is inoperable and terminal.

They're hoping the radiation will buy them some time. Christmas is the goal.

That is just the first in our series "One More Christmas." We will check in on Richard each week  and take you through this special holiday season.

To follow Richard's journey online, click here.

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