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Walt Disney World Unveils Memorial Statue for Child Killed by Alligator

If you remember, last June, 2 year old Lane Graves, was pulled under the water and killed by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This past June Disney announced plans to create a memorial for the child to be unveiled sometime this summer. They have revealed the memorial as a golden lighthouse.

Why a light house?  The lighthouse is the symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, started by the Graves family to commemorate their son’s life.

The Lane Thomas Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.

The golden light house with blue windows and 2 blue stars was placed near the location where he passed away.  A plaque on the statue says:

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Presented to the Lane Graves Foundation. A beacon of hope. A light of love.

The family responded with this statement:

We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair.  We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation.

If you get the chance please visit the page for the Lane Thomas Foundation.  It’s always incredible when something good comes from something so terrible. The memorial truly is a “beacon of hope.”

Comment below and let us know what you think.

sources: The Orlando Sentinel,  The Lane Thomas Foundation


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