A while ago, we told you about a young boy named Lane Goodwin who stayed positive despite his battle with a rare form of cancer. Thousands of people were inspired by Lane's story and shared pictures featuring a "thumbs up," Lane's trademark gesture that let loved ones know he was still smiling, even in the face of a terrible disease.
Sadly, Lane passed away Wednesday evening, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Facebook page "Prayers for Lane Goodwin," which has over 375,000 followers, posted the sad news:
"At 7:53 pm 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."
Before his death, Lane's family announced their intention to start a foundation in the boy's honor. According to the page, which is administered by those who were close to Lane, future scheduled fundraisers will benefit the Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation.
"We made our sweet Lane a promise & we will live our lives fulfilling this promise! A CURE must be found!" one update reads.
Since Lane's story captured the hearts of so many people around the country, condolences and well-wishes have been pouring in for the Goodwin family. The family released this statement in response to the concern:
"We would like to thank the community for the incredible display of human kindness over the past two and a half years. Our sweet Lane had a beautiful smile. He was full of energy and loved sharks, fishing, soccer, adventure and his brother, Landen. Lane had an incredible Christian faith, and we are able to find peace in the extraordinary life he lived in his short few years.
"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. Lane’s legacy will live on as we move forward with the commitment we made to him to find a cure."
For more information on alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, the disease that claimed Lane's life, visit the National Cancer Institute's information page.