It was a year ago when a two-year-old boy was killed at ‘the happiest place on Earth.’ Lane Graves was only two years old when he was grabbed by an alligator at a beach area near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The alligator dragged the little boy underwater and it wasn’t until the next day when his tiny body was found.
The Nebraska couple has since launched the Lane Thomas Foundation in memory of their son.
But Disney has just unveiled a new lighthouse to commemorate the little boy’s death as well.
At the beginning of this week, Disney World showcased their new gold and blue lighthouse sculpture to commemorate Lane’s death.
The death of the 2-year-old at Disneyland last year not only devastated Matt and Melissa Graves but also other families who vacation there.
The sculpture is located near the Seven Seas Lagoon Beach and Disney has officially announced that it was created in Lane’s honor.
In a statement, the Graves family said: ‘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.’
Last year, the Nebraska couple revealed that they would not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney. They said that they would instead focus on keeping their son’s spirit alive.
Since then, the couple has launched the Lane Thomas Foundation which focuses on providing financial support to families whose children need organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.
Their mission statement for the foundation is to be ‘a beacon of hope, a light of love.’
Disney erected the sculpture as the chosen symbol for the not-for-profit organization and hopes that the lighthouse will spread awareness about the foundation and also in remembrance of Lane.