Courageous Fayetteville boy gets a White House invitation
Back in December, 5-year-old Elijah Richard unwrapped a globe inscribed with these words: "Elijah Richards. Hep C Hero. Christmas 2010.''
The globe was a gift from friends Elijah had made from around the world through the Internet.
"They call hepatitis C a dragon,'' his mother, Lana Richards, said at the time. "But Elijah's gonna beat it because he's a dragon slayer.''
Elijah's dragon slaying capabilities have earned him an invitation to the White House. The family leaves Wednesday for a trip to Washington, where they will serve as advocates for World Hepatitis Day on Thursday.
Elijah underwent extensive treatment for the disease. The treatment often left him feeling sick and weak, and it was exhausting for his mother, his chief caregiver.
But the treatment seems to have been well worth it.
"He finished 69 weeks of treatment and is doing very well,'' Lana Richards said. A good checkup in August would mean Elijah has a 98 percent chance of being free of hepatitis.http://bit.ly/qlYEjJ