At 7:53 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, a young man who had touched my heart lost his fight against the Big C.
Six days after his 13th birthday, Lane Goodwin, of Beech Grove, Kentucky - and his family - learned of the looming battle for the third time.
He was first diagnosed with stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma on March 4, 2010 at age 10. He experienced relapses on July 22, 2011, and May 8.
Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma Stage IV is a rare and aggressive childhood cancer diagnosed in one in every million kids.
In his first bout, Lane underwent 54 weeks of treatment - 28 rounds of radiation and 41 weeks of chemotherapy. He was 10. His scans came up clear on Dec. 30, 2010.
When he relapsed the following summer, a PET scan showed 13 tumors in his bones.
"He has chosen to fight and we will do whatever we have to in order to save our son's life!" his parents posted on Facebook.
This past May, the family posted about the "monster's return."
In the midst of the latest battle, sports figures, media personalities, television stars and everyday people joined in a compassionate campaign - a thumbs up movement encouraging Lane to stay strong, remain brave and keep his faith.
Through the last several weeks of his life, photos popped up on the "Prayers for Lane Goodwin" Facebook page with upturned thumbs telling the brave boy he could beat the beast once again. Pictures of young Lane, wasting away to nothingness - but always with a huge smile on his face and two thumbs up - followed.
While the miracle his parents prayed for didn't come, something much larger than Lane's short life was born - the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Cancer Foundation.
Lane was buried Monday and the outpouring of support has not stopped. And the family - stricken with grief but at the same time somewhat relieved he is no longer suffering - vows to keep his legacy alive through the foundation.
There is no doubt the nearly 400,000 Facebook followers have thought about Lane more than a few times over the last week and also thought about something else.
In the midst of economic issues and debates on foreign policy there is something more powerful inside each of us - love, compassion and community.
We may not be able to change the world and we might not be able to save our children, but we can support each other and show kindness and compassion to those who need it the most.