Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Disney unveils new statue to honor toddler killed by alligator

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 10:56 AM

click image PHOTO VIA LANE THOMAS FOUNDATION/FACEBOOK
  • Photo via Lane Thomas Foundation/Facebook
Disney recently unveiled a new statue that honors Lane Thomas Graves, the 2-year-old boy who was killed last year by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

The gold and blue lighthouse sculpture is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, and is located near the spot where the June 14, 2016, incident occurred. A small plaque at the base of the sculpture reads: "Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation. A beacon of hope. A light of love."

"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,” said the Graves in a statement. "We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation."
Since the incident, Disney has installed a boulder wall between guest areas and the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon, in addition to adding signs warning of possible reptiles.

"The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants,” a statement from Disney read.


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