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      Richard Culliver graduates from hospice program

      LEXINGTON, SC (WACH) - After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, one year later an MRI would show that Richard Culliver's tumor is getting smaller. Today, Culliver was handed his diploma, officially graduating from the Hands of Hope Hospice program.

      "Cancer has changed so much about who we are and what we believe in," says Stephanie McMillan, Richard's mom. "It hasn't changed how we love."

      Jessie Bramblett, Pediatric Coordinator for Hands of Hope worked with Richard over the past year. She says it isn't often when she can discharge a patient. Doctors didn't expect Richard to live, but Bramblett adds that she never gave up hope.

      "We are always hopeful. That's why the name of our program is hands of hope,â?? said Bramblett.

      Richard has regained some of his motor skills, as well as his ability to talk and read.

      "I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Richard, because a year ago we didn't have one," said McMillan. Enrolling Richard into school next spring is also in the future plan.