OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/16/13) - It is a race to find a cure. That is the mission of the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation. Saturday's "Tri-State Goes Gold 5K" is just one of many local events honoring the memory of the young boy’s life.

Dawn Steward, co-chairperson of the event along with Toby Rock, told Surf KYNews Saturday’s race is a special day to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research in remembrance of Lane Goodwin.

Goodwin was only 13 years old when he passed away last October from a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. According to the "Prayers for Lane Goodwin" Facebook fan page, this disease is only diagnosed in one per every one million kids.

"Angie Goodwin made a promise to her son and it was Lane's wish to find a cure," Steward said.

This worldwide movement launched as people began to post a "thumbs up" picture on social media in support of Goodwin's battle. The Foundation soon gained national attention and support from individuals and celebrities alike.

Miss Kentucky United States 2013 Whittney Allen will be in attendance and serving as a guest emcee.

"It is my absolute pleasure to work with the Lane Goodwin Foundation," Allen said. "Lane's story is inspiring to me and I strive to be an advocate in honor of him."

The 5K Run/Walk was a chip timed event, but participants could opt out of timing. However, awards were presented to the top three race qualifiers in each age division. An additional award was set to be given to the Overall Male and Female finalists.

The run began at 8 a.m. Saturday at Malco Theater. Steward said 102 runners turned out for the group’s first 5K event.

Evan Gorman
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Children's Advocacy Benefit Rally on Target for Tomorrow

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/17/15) — The Owensboro Police Department is pleased to announce the third annual Children’s Advocacy… Read More

Lady Panthers Fall to South Spencer

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/17/15) — Daviess County couldn't match visiting South Spencer when the two teams met for a mid-season… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 13, 2015 6171

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 4870

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 4195

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 16, 2015 3354

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 11, 2015 2974

Juvenile Injured When Struck by Vehicle

by Madisonville Police

Most Read This Month

March 18, 2015 10053

UPDATE: Hanson Man Located in Henderson, Taken to…

by Trooper Stu Recke
April 02, 2015 8440

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 17, 2015 4195

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 18, 2015 2624

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 17, 2015 1125

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 17, 2015 1079

Two Charged in Connection with Powderly Firearms…

by SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 962

Police Officers Building Up Community by Helping…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 869

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 604

'The Bidding is On' at Annual Library Auction

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 532

Free Seedling Plantings Available While Supplies…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 529

Brown Pitches Baseball to Series Opener over…

by UK Athletics