Community gathers in support of Lane Goodwin
A thumbs up for cancer patient Lane Goodwin at Friday night's candlelight vigil.
The McLean County teenager has gone viral on social media with a growing number of people giving Lane a thumbs up for luck.
Lane's story has not only gone national, it's gone worldwide. But Friday night, the focus was on a small Kentucky community and one very determined young man.
Family, friends and just those touched by Lane's story gathered on his front lawn, right outside of the Goodwin's home to shine some light on a dark time.
"Praying for a miracle. That's what we're praying for," said Lane's mother Angie.
Several prayers were said and songs sung as Lane was briefly brought out on the front porch to see first hand the support of his community.
"We're blessed he's still here cause we didn't think we'd be here today," Angie told 14 News.
Lane was first diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in March of 2010. Since then, he's relapsed twice and just this week, he and his family were told the cancer had spread to his brain.
"They were 10 minutes away from putting him in a medical induced coma because the seizures wouldn't stop and they just stopped and now here we are," his mother told us. "He's getting up out of bed. He's walking."
Friday morning, Lane had what his mother describes as a rocky morning, but she says he was upbeat and talking with friends later in the day. Then, he began having seizures again, forcing him back inside as the prayers outside continued.
"He doesn't want to fight with chemo and stuff anymore, and there's no point at this point. He just wants to enjoy the time. He said, 'I'm ready.'"
The Goodwin's say they're blessed by the support they've gotten from not just their community, but from people all over the world giving a thumbs up to Lane on Facebook.
It's that support that's given this 13-year-old even more determination to fight back.
"This is like day 5 of borrowed time we didn't expect to have," his mother said.
They are a very strong family. There are several fundraisers planned to help support Lane, and his family.
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