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Celebrating life: Hundreds gather to remember 8-year-old boy

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AWENDAW, SC (WCSC) - -
His parents, Todd and Brandy Richardson said it was just what Ethen would have wanted.
 
The scene at Awendaw Green Saturday was nothing short of a child's fantasy, complete with jump castles, cotton candy, snow cones, even a pony ride.
 
"Anything a kid would love is what Brandy wanted to have here," said Liz Potter, a family friend who helped organize the event in just two days.
 
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of 8-year-old Ethen Richardson, who died Wednesday, after battling a brain tumor much of the past year.
 
"The whole community just jumped in and made this happen," Potter said.
 
"No sadness, ever, when it comes to Ethen," said mom Brandy, who stood strong with husband Todd before a host of family and friends.
 
"I have no idea why we were chosen to be his parents."
 
"All I know is it was a huge blessing," she said.
 
Community members, some of whom never met Ethen, came in droves as a show of support.  Blake Wurst, at 9-years-old, is one of those people.
 
"I never actually knew Ethen, but my whole class was praying for him,"  Wurst said.
 
"We were hoping that he would get well but we knew that even if he did die, God would take him up with him."
 
"There's so many strangers across the country and around the world that have supported my son," said Ethen's parents.
 
"In the words of Ethen, it's amazing."
 
"It's all pretty amazing."
 
Friends and family have established an Ethen Richardson Fund to help other families with children battling illness.
 
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