A day out with the horses
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:14:01 GMT —
BLYTHEWOOD, SC (WACH) - The University of South Carolina Equestrian team partnered with Curing Kids Cancer for a day out with the horses on Saturday.
"It's awesome to see people take time out of their Saturday to see that these kids have a good time," said Stephanie McMillan. "Seeing Richard on top of a horse, it puts tears to my eyes just thinking about him today, because he's doing so good."
McMillan's son, Richard Culliver, has been cancer free for more than 6 months. Afternoons of enjoyment with Richard are time's McMillan has come to cherish as she was once told by doctors that her days with Richard were numbered.
USC Equestrian head coach, Boo Major, describes the event as fantastic.
Children living with cancer or going through remission spent the day with back to back SEC Champions where they were given the chance to go horseback riding, participate in arts and crafts, and groom the horses.
"I tell the folks that organize this that it's really more therapeutic I think for our kids. Our Equestrian kids really enjoy it and really get a lot out of it, and really enjoy getting to know these children and helping them just have fun for a change," said Coach Boo Major.
"They're always excited and the hugs are the best thing that I get, so it's a great day," said Gina Janvrin, event Coordinator.
The event is a part of the ongoing Gamecocks â??Battle Kids Cancerâ?? program, and is put on twice a year by the Equestrian team.
"We're here, we're enjoying it and hopefully we'll have more days like this," added McMillan.