DUE TO HEAVY SNOWS IN WESTERN KENTUCKY...WIDESPREAD 6 TO 12 INCH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS HAVE HAULTED AREA TRAVEL. ISOLATED 15 INCH AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED. DRIFTS UP TO A FOOT AND A HALF HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM SITUATION AND TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. (National Weather Service)
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Angie GoodwinAngie Goodwin, founder of ‘Thumbs Up for Lane’.CALHOUN, Ky. (3/5/14) — Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has named Angie Goodwin of Calhoun, Ky., as the winner of the Grand Prize 2014 Rare Life Award.

The Rare Life Award is an annual recognition program created to honor individuals who exhibit courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism.  

Candidates are nominated by friends, family and colleagues.

Angie and her late son Lane started the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy and to assist families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network.

Goodwin's Charity to be awarded with $40,000 Donation due to her courage, leadership and devotion to fight against Childhood Cancer.

A Kentucky native, Lane Goodwin was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (a type of cancer most often seen with older children and teens), two months before his 11th birthday.

He passed away Oct. 17, 2012, at age thirteen.

Despite Lane's life and death battle he never forgot to think about other kids battling cancer.

His characteristic "thumbs up" was his way of saying, "I got this."

Lane's cause gained national attention through a "Thumbs Up" social media campaign that went viral with names like Johnny Depp, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kevin Durant and Tim Tebow tweeting photos of themselves giving a thumbs up in support of Lane.

During Lane's final weeks, his mom asked him why he thought all of this was happening.

Lane replied without hesitation, "Mom, this is what we always prayed for. This will bring awareness and a cure."

Lane proceeded to tell his mom what he wanted her to do, and thus was born the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Lane was present when Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited their home to present them with the Foundation incorporation papers in October 2012.

Eagle Rare spokesman Kris Comstock said, "Angie Goodwin truly leads a rare life. Two thumbs up from us. We congratulate and thank her, along our other winners and nominees, for sharing their rare lives with us. Hopefully this award provides them with greater visibility for their invaluable work."

Eagle Rare will donate $40,000 to Goodwin's charity, Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation, and host an awards ceremony in Henderson, Ky. March 7.

This donation from Eagle Rare will be the foundation's largest single donation to date.  

To learn more about the 2014 awards and runner-up’s, the 191 nominees, their stories and photos, Rare Life Award or Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, visit EagleRareLife.com. Visitors vote on these inspirational stories.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Eagle Rare Bourbon

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

springhour

In Other News...

I-24 Traffic Backed Up From 46-65 MM Due to Crash, Snow Drifts

LYON COUNTY, Ky. (3/4/15) ― Due to multiple crashes and numerous slide offs, the traffic backup from a crash on I-24 in… Read More

City Offices to be Closed Thursday

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/4/15) ― Madisonville Municipal Utilities and City Hall will be closed Thursday, March 5 due to… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9536

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 03, 2015 5802

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 05, 2015 4309

State of Emergency Declared for Hopkins County

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Leslie Curneal
March 05, 2015 3914

UPDATE: I-24 Open Between 50-45 MM

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Keith Todd
March 02, 2015 3753

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 03, 2015 3647

Sacramento Man Charged with Rape, Sodomy

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 16, 2015

UPDATE: State of Emergency Declared for Kentucky

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Stories Trending Today

March 05, 2015 4309

State of Emergency Declared for Hopkins County

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Leslie Curneal
March 05, 2015 3914

UPDATE: I-24 Open Between 50-45 MM

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Keith Todd
March 05, 2015 2366

Deep Snowfall Stalls Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by SurfKY News
March 05, 2015 1648

Muhlenberg Issues State of Emergency Under…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
March 05, 2015 1230

Governor Declares State of Emergency

in Top News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
March 05, 2015 1221

Dyno Nobel Makes $1,600 Donation to Want Not…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 1086

I-24 Traffic Backed Up From 46-65 MM Due to…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Keith Todd
March 04, 2015 928

Gov. Beshear Warns Kentuckians to Prepare for…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
March 05, 2015 902

UPDATE - Lady Mustangs Trample Lady Tigers in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
March 05, 2015 854

UPDATE - Inspire Ladies Conference Rescheduled

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News