Disney unveils lighthouse statue honoring toddler killed by alligator

Disney unveils lighthouse statue honoring toddler killed by alligator

Disney unveils lighthouse statue honoring toddler killed by alligator

Disney has unveiled a lighthouse memorial in honour of the little boy killed in a tragic accident past year while visiting Disney World with his family.

Two-year-old Lane Graves has been honoured with a Lighthouse memorial after his tragic death past year.

Graves and his family were vacationing from Nebraska in June 2016 when he was killed. A small plaque at the base of the sculpture reads: "Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation". The organization works to help support the families that have been there for them during this bad time and the lighthouse is seen as a "beacon of hope in the depths of despair".

Lane's father tried to grab his son and fight off the alligator, but it was too late.

It took 16 hours for his body to be recovered from the water.

The gold brick lighthouse features two blue stars, commemorating the youngster who introduced himself saying, "I'm Lane Thomas; I'm 2". Lane was found in 6 feet of murky water 10 to 15 yards from the shore, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the time.

In the months since the attack, Disney has added reptile warning signs near its waterways. It also constructed a boulder wall along the edge of the lagoon.

The foundation provides financial support to cover the non-medical expenses of family with children who are in need of life-saving organ transplants in Omaha.

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