Make-A-Wish South Carolina grants Mt. Pleasant boy's biggest wish

Make-A-Wish South Carolina grants Mt. Pleasant boy's biggest wish

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Ethen Richardson is a lot like other 8-year-old little boys.

He likes to play with Legos.

He loves snuggling with his mom.

And oh yeah, the kid likes pizza.

Unlike other 8-year-old boys, in July, Ethen was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his brain stem.  His current doctors offer little hope of long term survival.

"Medically, at this point we're done," said Ethen's father Todd Richardson.

The family is now turning to their faith and natural medicine for Ethen's healing.

"We rely a lot on what we believe spiritually to see us through this and we know there's a greater purpose to why Ethen has this."

For eight weeks, Ethen participated in a clinical trial at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  The treatment involved experimental drugs and radiation.

It was there Ethen's parents spoke to representatives from the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Each year, the organization grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

'"He apparently had in his little mind that New York was bigger than the moon," said Ethen's mom, Brandy Richardson."

"When he wanted to proclaim his love for us he would say Momma, Daddy, I love you bigger than New York City," she said.

"So that's where we're going."

The entire family, which includes Ethen's three siblings, will board a plane to New York Sunday morning.  The family is scheduled to visit the Statue of Liberty, see decorated holiday store fronts, and per Ethen's request, try real New York pizza.

Along with the week-long trip, Ethen and family have also been selected as special guests on the FOX News All-American New Year show in Times Square.

"We don't take anything for granted anymore," his parents said.

"Daily life as we see it is just a gift."

Last year, Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted nearly 150 wishes, averaging three per week.

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