Lane Goodwin loses battle with cancer after thumbs-up campaign
13-year-old Ketucky boy died Wednesday night
11:32 AM, Oct 18, 2012
BEECH GROVE, Ky. - A 13-year-old Kentucky boy who garnered thousands of thumbs-up from celebrities and well-wishers across the globe has lost his battle with cancer.
Lane Goodwin, of Beech Grove, Ky., who was given just a few weeks to live, became the center of the "Thumbs-up For Lane" movement, prompting thousands to send tweets and pose for pictures in support of his battle.
Goodwin died Wednesday night at his Kentucky home, surrounded by family.
"At 7:53 p.m. our sweet Lane gained his Angel wings. Our hearts are broken but God has performed a World Wide Miracle through Lane over the past few weeks," his family posted on his Facebook page, which has gained 369,000 likes in recent weeks. "Please continue to pray for our family especially Lane's little brother, Landen."
Dozens of celebrities shared their thumbs-up pictures, including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Rob Thomas, along with several sports stars.
"We have been amazed and touched by the worldwide thumbs up movement in honor of Lane. Lane believed that the awareness this movement brought for childhood cancers would lead to a cure," his family posted. "Lane’s legacy will live on as we move forward with the commitment we made to him to find a cure."