Lane Goodwin's legacy lives on
PADUCAH, Ky.---A brave young man's more than two year battle with cancer ended last night but a local event created to encourage him will go on as planned, only with a different focus. Now the goal is to make sure 13-year-old Lane Goodwin is never forgotten, and to help his family pay for medical bills.
When he was just ten years old, the Beech Grove, Kentucky boy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer that attacks the muscles. After months of chemo and radiation treatments Lane lost his battle at the age of 13.
During his fight, his parents created the "Thumbs Up For Lane Campaign" where folks across the world, including plenty of celebrities, gave a thumbs to support him.
A family friend told Local 6 she told me she doesn't know how much Lane's parents owe in medical bills, she hasn't asked. While they did have medical insurance, many of Lanes procedures were experimental and not covered. Plus, his parents quit their jobs to be with their son.
She says right now the best thing we can do is help them financially and make sure lane's dying wish of raising awareness and curing childhood cancer is fulfilled. That's where a local volunteer comes in.
In 2011 Sharon Franklin was in a drug recovery center trying to save her own life, that's when she met Lane Goodwin who was visiting to encourage the patients as he too was trying to save his life.
A Goodwin family spokesperson says they are deeply touched by all of Franklin's hard work and all the money raised this weekend will go toward paying medical bills.
Lane's family created the "Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation," they're focusing on funding research to find a cure for all types of childhood cancers. They're currently working on getting a 501c3 status, so donations will be tax deductible.
There's also a silent auction, all proceeds from the auction will go to the family.