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Ethen Richardson's mom: "We lost a light."

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AWENDAW, SC - The verse is a simple one in the Old Testament of the Bible.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

While it may be simple, that verse has guided Brandy and Todd Richardson through the last nine months as their eight-year-old son, Ethen, battled a brain tumor.

"You want to afford your children and everyone the ability to fight, and there's no fight without hope," Todd Richardson said. "That verse says it all."

That verse was the theme of Ethen's life and will know define his spiritual journey. Ethen passed away earlier this week, but the entire journey for him was one filled with adventure.  He traveled to Fox News' New Years Eve celebration. His family and friends beside him every step of the way.

"He was tough. Tough as nails," his mother Brandy said. "I think pretty much the only time he ever cried was when he saw me cry. He went through so much and if i got upset, it upset him."

On Saturday, hundreds filled the Awendaw Green to celebrate his life. Local musicians, food trucks and face painters were brought together with just two days' notice. The afternoon was filled with remembering the stories of the little boy who showed the community the love that is often the offspring of suffering.

"This community, these people, I keep saying the word amazing. It's fitting. I love this community. I love these people," Brandy said.

That's what everyone said Saturday's event was all about it. The day wasn't meant to focus on the loss of Ethen Richardson, but rather, it was to focus on what he gave to his family and to his community in his short life on Earth.

"God knows the plans He has for you, and it's your job to just keep pushing forward, and that's what we tried to instill in our son, and that's actually what he instilled in us," Todd Richardson said.

As the day turned to night, the celebration was still going strong.  Dozens of people could be seen wearing t-shirts that simply said, "Team Ethen," or "Never Give Up." The reflection of red filled the area as many had on wristbands supporting the young boy.

While Ethen Richardson may no longer physically be here, his family said they take peace in knowing he is safely home.

"We lost a light, but he lives in all of us. All of team ethen. He's still here," Brandy said.
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