LEXINGTON (WACH) -- Eight year-old Richard Culliver's journey is taking him back to a familiar place, the classroom.
Culliver joined his twin sister Monday returning to the second grade at Lexington Elementary School.
The Lexington boy has been out of school for 16 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Richard hasn't received any medical treatment in over a year and was on hospice care.
However, in September a new MRI showed Culliver's tumor was nearly gone.
Since that September day, Richard has graduated from hospice care and continues to improve.
Culliver even celebrated another Christmas with his family, a day doctors said wouldn't happen.
"It's not what it was supposed to be according to science and the medical world, so every time I think about the fact that we're still in tact, the four of us together and celebrating these days together... It was a gift," said Stephanie McMillian.
Therapy is helping Richard's motor skills improve and with his strong faith Richard and his family have hope that Richard's Journey will continue for years to come.