Lawyers start fund-raising to help attorney's sick son

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Attorneys across Michigan are rallying to help a fellow lawyer whose 10-year-old son has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.

In June, Shane Goodale, a Cooley Law grad and solo practice attorney in Okemos, noticed his son Will had been tripping and being a little clumsy; and after one particular startling instance, rushed his son to the local hospital.

After a CT scan on Will’s brain, the hospital had the child transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital for an MRI. Will has now been enrolled in a medical trial that offers his best chance of survival.

“The expenses associated with flying the family cross country and enrolling Will in a state of the art medical trial in Boston, are enormous and unexpected,” says Goodale’s friend, attorney Catherine Groll, who is helping to raise funds.

“And every challenge this family has is doubled by the fact that Shane has to get off and on trains and subways and into planes and hospitals and handle everything from a wheelchair.

“We can all appreciate the nightmare for Shane, his family, and the financial toll this undertaking will cost. Please help us in any way you can, and that includes prayers, well wishes and donations of any size.”

It is worth of note that Goodale has for a long time given of himself to help others in need. While at Cooley Law School, he founded a free legal clinic, the Homeless Assistance and Prevention Project (HAPP), providing basic legal services to the people who visit downtown Lansing’s Open Door Ministry shelter. Earlier this year, he set up an event for people from the shelter to get free haircuts.

To donate to the “Medical Miracle for Will,” visit

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