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Motorcycle enthusiasts ride for boy with terminal brain tumor


WIS has been following the story of Richard Culliver for almost six months. The 7-year old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in October.

Saturday bikers from the Dirty South Stunners club hosted a huge rally for Culliver starting at White Knoll High School. Hundreds rode to Harley Haven in Irmo for a massive party.

Organizers say it was Culliver's Facebook page that inspired them to act. On Saturday the love for Richard came in leather.

"Just the way he's touched the community and touched us we figured why not do a bike rally for him?" said Steven Hughes from Dirty South Stunners.

Hughes and his club the Dirty South Stunners joined others from across the southeast to support a fellow 2-wheeler.

"He has touched so many people and I just can't talk enough about how amazing he is," said Hughes.

Stephanie McMillan remains in awe. Her son's Facebook page is followed by nearly 25,000 from around the world. Pictures of his adventures get hundreds of "likes" in less than hour.

Whatever the single mother needs comes quickly.

"So many people reach out to us to help Richard fulfill wishes and I can't put into words how I feel, it's breathtaking," she said.

He's ridden bulldozers, done Disney and soon will head behind bars.

"He wants to go see the jail so we're doing that the week after spring break," said his mother. "It's overwhelming how many people call and say, 'Hey we want to help, let's do it.'"
Part of the rally Saturday was to raise awareness for Richard's illness, DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor that took the use of his legs. And lately it's made it hard for his mom to understand him.

"We try to say one word at a time over and over, and he knows what we're trying to say," she said. "But it's getting harder and harder every day."

"He doesn't whine, doesn't complain," said McMillian. "He just wants to share his love through others."

Nobody knows how much longer he'll be able to share it.  But until he comes to the end of his journey he'll know there'll be plenty of people along for the ride.

"To see this many people here to ride bikes, it's amazing," said his mother. "It really is."

"We just want him to know, from us, the Midlands, Lexington, North Carolina, Georgia, that he is loved by the biker community as well," said Hughes. "He has touched so many different people."

All the proceeds from the event went to the Culliver family to help pay mounting medical bills. The event raised about $6,000.

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