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Lane Goodwin’s father to sit on the UK bench tonight

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 I am 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, I am 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. “I know he’s looking over me daily and know he will be there in Rupp Arena with us. I am just a lucky guy. I have 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

[Vaught: Lane Goodwin’s father overwhelmed by chance to sit on Kentucky bench for exhibition game tonight]

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13 Comments for Lane Goodwin’s father to sit on the UK bench tonight

  1. AaronJ
    2:22 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Good stuff, feel really bad for the brother.

  2. Joe Boyles
    2:26 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    some needs to bring a BIG HEAD of lane…. rather see that then stone cold willow

  3. BigBluesClues
    2:32 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Amen to all. Love breaks down any barricades. I’m glad Lane is in a better place. Don’t let fear of death shackle your life. Wish he could be here with us

  4. ibleedblue4UK
    2:35 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, this is a very touching and heartfelt story. Whoever the Kentucky fan was that won the auction and then generously donated the seat on the bench to Mr. Goodwin is a great human being!

  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    2:35 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    2- That and big thumbs up should be passed out at the door.

  6. GapToothDanny
    2:37 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    May the good Lord bless Lane’s family, and the generous souls making these kind gestures.

  7. ThumbUp
    2:43 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    In tribute, I think Nerlens should give a big thumbs up each time he blocks a shot.

  8. Bill
    2:48 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Now Cal should match the donor and have the mom and brother sit with him.

  9. I Am Spartacus
    2:49 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Thumbs up to the Goodwins !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Kevin
    3:03 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we should replace the three goggles with the thumbs up this year as tribute.

  11. JT
    4:06 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure Lane will be looking down from Heaven. Classy move by Kentucky.

  12. Duke sucks
    5:58 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    We have all be touched by cancer in some way. Great gesture hope that family can have a couple hours of entertainment,they desserve it. Cancer doesn’t just effect that person but the whole family.

  13. Conscience
    1:25 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This should be our calling card this year. These past couple years we have put ourselves behind the “brow”, “three goggles”, this should be our rallying cry…#Thumbs UP.