Another visitation will be Monday from 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. followed by the funeral at Calhoun Baptist Church. The funeral will be live streamed, according to the Facebook page.
Story from Thursday, October 18
Now just one game away from the World Series, the Cardinals still made time to care about a young ‘superfan’ who lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday.
It all started with photos taken of 13 year-old Lane Goodwin from the hospital, smiling and giving thumbs up to the camera. Since then, he’s become a social media sensation, with hundreds of supporters, including celebrities, posting pictures giving thumbs up for Lane.
Now that he’s no longer living, the ‘Prayers for Lane Goodwin’ Facebook page continues to go viral, nearing 400,000 fans. Supporters now call him “an angel in the outfield,” and say his bravery and selflessness are inspiring.
The Cardinals even expressed their condolences on the team’s official Facebook page, saying: “We offer our deepest sympathy to Lane’s family, friends and all who loved him. Lane was a special young man. We have been inspired by his courage, hopeful spirit and selfless heart."
Fans were grateful, and came up with the idea to give Lane a thumbs up after the National Anthem. Nikko Smith, American Idol contestant and son of Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith, sang Game 4’s National Anthem, and sure enough, gave Lane a big thumbs up.
“I was more than willing to lend my support,” says Smith, “I hope it lets them know they’re not alone in this, and that there are people out there that care. And like I said, it’s just times like these, when young kids get taken away, it’s such a tragedy, and it’s important to come together.”
Smith isn’t the only member of the Cardinals family to give a thumbs up for Lane. Throughout the playoffs, staff members and players have all given Lane a nod—even putting his name on the jumbotron.
Reaction to the team’s support has been enormous. In response to the Cardinals’ social media post, Facebook user Lisa Marie says, “Your team has put a smile and footprint on the whole world and especially Lane.” From Lauren: “Makes me even more proud to be a Cards fan,” and Chris adds, “What a classy organization!”
The #ThumbsUpForLane phenomenon has even touched people who never knew Lane. Now, some of them are planning a special tribute. For Friday’s game, they’ll wear 'win for Lane' shirts to the Cardinals game. The goal is simple: remember the courageous life this young Cards fan led, his final days spent wrapped in redbird blanket, and as his supporters say, now watching over Busch stadium from the best seat in the house.