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Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Disney unveils lighthouse sculpture in honor of toddler killed by gator

Disney unveils lighthouse sculpture in honor of toddler killed by gator

Disney World has unveiled a lighthouse in honor of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligators at the park last year. The gold and blue statue features a plaque that reads, "Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation".

Now, nearly 14 months after the tragedy on June 14, 2016, the theme park is unveiling a statue to honor both Lane and the organization started in his name.

"The foundation was named Lane Thomas because if Lane was ever asked his name, he would say, 'I'm Lane Thomas, I'm two, '" they write on the foundation's Facebook page. A beacon of hope.

Since the attack, Disney World has added alligator warning signs and has put up a fence along the edge of the lagoon. The child's father, Matt Graves of Omaha, jumped into the water to try to free his son, whose body was found 16 hours later.

Disney installed a lighthouse statue in Lane's memory as a symbol for the Lane Thomas Foundation, which is a charitable organization established by the Graves family.

The commemorative sculpture was installed within the last week, according to reports, near where the reptile pulled Lane Graves underwater as he played in the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Lane Thomas Foundation aims to serve as a "beacon of hope" for other families in crisis by providing financial support for children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

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