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Disney unveils sculpture to honor toddler killed by alligator

Disney unveils sculpture to honor toddler killed by alligator. (The Lane Thomas Foundation)

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, Fla. (WPEC) — Walt Disney World has unveiled a lighthouse sculpture, built in honor of a toddler killed last year by an alligator.

Lane Graves, 2, of Nebraska, died in June 2016, when he was drowned by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon behind Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Investigators say Lane was playing on the beach when an alligator pulled the toddler below the water’s surface. His father, Matt, jumped into the water to try to free his son. Lane’s 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 Walt Disney World Resort.

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