Thousands share 'thumbs up' for sick Kentucky boy Lane Goodwin
Celebrities, community members join in
Last Updated: 247 days ago
BEECH GROVE, Ky. - From Kentucky to Colorado and around the globe to Japan, thousands are giving a "Thumbs-up For Lane" in support of a 13-year-old Beech Grove, Ky., boy battling a rare form of cancer.
Lane Goodwin was diagnosed more than two years ago with an aggressive form of the disease.
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"Ever since he was diagnosed, he's never complained, he's always smiling and in all of the pictures he's giving a 'thumbs-up' sign," said Goodwin's aunt, Claudia Wayne. "A guy in Virginia started the 'Thumbs-up For Lane' campaign (on Facebook) and it has just taken off."
Just this week, Goodwin learned that the cancer had spread to his brain.
Wayne said that on Monday, Goodwin's oncologist came into his hospital room at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville to talk to him.
"Lane looked at him and said, 'You can't fix this, can you?'" she said. "The doctor said, 'No. I can't.' Lane said, 'That's OK.'"
Wayne said Goodwin told his parents that he wanted to go home. She visited with her nephew on Thursday.
"(Lane) was smiling and did a thumbs-up for me and hugged me," she said. "He has strength that you can't imagine ... He has a lot of faith and says he's ready to go with God."
One of Goodwin's wishes was to have his Facebook page reach 100,000 likes. As of Friday afternoon, 112,000 people had liked the page.
The explosion of good wishes, prayers, "likes" and pictures of "Thumbs-up For Lane" on Facebook pages dedicated to the teen has been "unreal," Wayne said.
Dozens of celebrities have also shared their pictures, including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Rob Thomas, along with several sports stars.
"He's touched a lot of people's hearts by making them think about how important family is and how important God is," she said. "He's an amazing young man."
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