Tragically, 8th grader Lane East of Howell passed away earlier this week.

Lane, the youngest of four children was born with several medical issues including only one poorly functioning kidney. He was not expected to survive. Lane fought hard his entire life. The hospital was far too familiar as he required many surgeries.

Lane's cousin called him "one of the most outgoing, happy people" she knew. Adding,  "rarely would you see Lane without a smile on his face or a positive outlook on life although the struggle is always there. He is always trying to make others happy in or out of the hospital."


As if medical issues weren't enough for Lane and his family, last year Lane's mother passed away after years of her own health issues. This left an ill child and three siblings without a Mom. Lane's oldest sister Julia stepped up to care for the family while raising a family of her own. Lane's Father also kept the family going.

It was learned that Lane needed a kidney transplant as he was declining. According to his cousin, "without hesitation, all 3 of Lane's older siblings stepped up to offer a kidney to their little brother and started the testing to see who would be the best match."

His sister Julia was a perfect match and the surgery was scheduled, but sadly Lane just didn't have enough time.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Lane's cousin Jennie Rice to help his family with the costs of the surgery. The goal of $10,000 was reached and continues to grow. Clearly, Lane touched the lives of so many at such a young age. One word comes to mind: resilient.

The funeral for Lane East will be at Pable-Evertz Funeral Home in Point Pleasant Saturday, November 3 at 11 am.

Through social media, the family has thanked family, friends, and the community for their prayers and overall support.

I would urge you to still make a donation through the GoFundMe page set up by Lane's family. Finances should be the last thing on one's mind when burying a child.

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