Walt Disney World to honor Lane Graves

Posted at 7:02 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 08:02:13-04

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (KMTV) - Walt Disney World plans to honor Lane Graves, a 2-year-old Elkhorn boy who died at one if its resorts one year ago Wednesday. A lighthouse will be installed by the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was created by Lane Graves' parents. 

"The Lane Thomas Foundation was created to give honor and light to Lane's life. The foundation is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants. To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we've commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer," George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort, said in a release. 

Graves was playing at the Seven Seas Lagoon Beach when an alligator grabbed him and pulled him into the water. His father, Matt, jumped into help his son, but was unsuccessful. 

Sixteen hours later his body was found. 

Recently, the Elkhorn community honored Graves and Aspen Seemann, another young boy who died last year by displaying bows and pinwheels in their yards.