We were all touched by the story of Lane Goodwin’s three-year struggle with cancer, which came to an end with Lane’s passing last month. The “Thumbs Up for Lane” campaign went viral, with celebrities across the globe sending their support to the thirteen-year-old Kentucky Wildcats and St. Louis Cardinals fan via social media. The Kentucky basketball team in particular reached out, tweeting pictures and skyping with Lane during his final days. Now, Lane’s father George Goodwin has been given the honor of sitting on the Kentucky bench tonight during the exhibition game against Transylvania, courtesy of the Big Blue Nation Cares organization and an attendee of the John Calipari Fantasy Camp, who is donating the spot he won to be an assistant coach and sit on the bench at the camp’s silent auction in Lane’s memory.
Larry Vaught spoke to George Goodwin, who said he is overwhelmed by the honor:
“I think at the game Iâ€ˆam just going to be … I don’t even know. I am not the type to be scared or anything, but this is going to be so special for us all. It takes one heck of a man to coach at Kentucky. You are at the top level. To be able to sit with experts in their field and be part of this game is just great and I really appreciate what is being done for our family.”
George’s wife, Angie, and his other son, Landen, will also be at the game, with front row seats courtesy of Big Blue Nation Cares. George says that the family is still grieving for Lane, whom they know will be watching over them tonight, so forgive him if he gets a bit emotional:
“To be honest, Iâ€ˆam still pretty emotional about losing Lane,” he said. “It a lot of people stand up and do the ‘thumbs up” or something, there is a very good chance I will cry. This has changed all our lives.”
“It just makes me feel better inside knowing he is looking over me. I know my son is in a better place with God and is truly looking down on us and is still with us,” Goodwin said. “Iâ€ˆknow he’s looking over me daily and know he will be there in Rupp Arena with us. Iâ€ˆam just a lucky guy. Iâ€ˆhave a strong, smart, beautiful wife, two great kids and a snappy haircut. Now I get to do something like this thanks to someone else’s generosity. It’s just hard to explain what that means.”
Be sure to stop by Larry’s site and read the interview in full. #ThumbsUpforLane