Hundreds gather to say a final 'goodbye' to Lane Goodwin


by Gene Kang

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 11:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- Hundreds gathered to honor 13-year-old Lane Goodwin. The teenager fought cancer for two years and his best friend said he always smiled, no matter what happened.

"God is bringing awareness to childhood cancer. One day there will be a cure," said a pastor at Calhoun Baptist Church.

Lane battled to the very end with a thumbs up. His life inspired many along the journey. Lane's best friend, Dylan Griffin, remembered his courage at Monday's funeral.

"How much he's changed everybody's lives and how he's brought awareness to childhood cancer," said Dylan Griffin.

"I think he wanted to let everyone know that it was here and it happens everywhere, even in small towns like this," said Dale Griffin, a family friend.

The teenager from Beech Grove, Kentucky became frail after suffering a seizure. But his spirit was boundless and brave. Griffin says he will miss the good times.

"We played corn hole and video games," said Dylan Griffin.

Lane's story touched people worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of "likes" on his "Thumbs Up for Lane" Facebook page.

Support poured-in from UK Coach John Calipari, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

Lane's cancer spread to his brain but his voice cried out with courage. A boy with a mission to create childhood cancer awareness. He passed away last week, surrounded by family in his McClean County.

"Are we going to be heartbroken when he goes? Absolutely. We've talked about that. We have to figure out how to go on, day by day. But I know he's going to be okay. So that makes it easier," said his mother, Angie Goodwin.

A mix of sadness for a life gone too soon, showered with a message of endless hope for a boy who faced cancer with a never give up spirit. People are now wearing a yellow ribbon to help find a cure.

"Our football team has worn them the past three weeks. Yesterday we did a cancer walk in Owensboro and the whole team had yellow ribbons on," said Dale Griffin.

In lieu of flowers, the Goodwins ask that you donate money to childhood cancer research.

You can visit Lane’s facebook page by clicking on the following links: Prayers for Lane Goodwin and Thumbs up for Lane Goodwin.

Donations for Lane can be made at any Independence Bank, Acct# 2093170 George & Angela Goodwin For Lane Goodwin.

If you are not in the area and still wish to donate you can call Independence Bank at 270-273-5664 or a paypal acct has been set up Acct# or you can click on the donate button on the left side of the home page.

You can also purchase shirts, car magnets or arm bands by using the paypal acct or sending an order to Lane's P.O. Box.

The Goodwins released the following statement on Monday night:

“The past few days have been an amazing celebration and remembrance of Lane as family, friends and Team Lane members travelled from far distances to express their sympathy and show their support.  Thank you to everyone who has prayed with us, cried with us and laughed with us as we have shared our memories.


Thousands of people have told us of the impact Lane has made in their lives. His journey has changed the face of childhood cancer and we are confident that the awareness the Thumbs Up movement has created will lead to a cure. 


We miss Lane, and our lives will never be the same without him.  Now and in the days ahead we find comfort in our faith and our belief that one day we will be reunited with our sweet Lane.  Please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.”