Walt Disney World has unveiled a lighthouse sculpture, built in honor of a toddler killed last year by an alligator, according to our local affiliate WPEC.
Investigators say Lane Thomas Graves, a 2-year-old boy from Nebraska, was playing on the beach in 2016 when an alligator pulled the toddler below the water’s surface. His father, Matt, jumped into the water to try to free his son. Graves’ death was ruled an accident.
In his honor, Disney created a lighthouse monument, with a plaque that reads “Presented by The Lane Thomas Foundation, A Beacon of Hope, A Light of Love.”
“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,” said Jacquee Whaler, vice president of communications for the Walt Disney World Resort.