Lane Thomas Foundation takes its next steps

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- New details were unveiled Wednesday morning about a collaborative fusion of resources designed to extend the reach of the Lane Thomas Foundation - a life-saving enterprise in memory of Lane.

Lane Thomas Graves was killed in an alligator attack as the family vacationed in Florida last year.

The foundation was born of an effort to help children in need of organ transplants and that foundation is taking a big step forward with the resources of Nebraska Medicine and Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

The mission of the new enterprise was detailed in a Wednesday morning news conference.

Lane's father, Matt Graves, said the family believes there is no better way to honor a child than to help save others.

The Foundation established by Matt and Melissa Graves is a vehicle with which to carry on their son Lane’s legacy. It provides support to families dealing with the complexities and pressures of pediatric organ transplant.

The Foundation’s primary goals include relieving families of financial burdens such as lodging, transportation and food, experienced during the transplantation journey and reducing the number of children who die each year because no donor match could be found. The Foundation launched its website in September, the same month as Lane’s 4th birthday. The new site can be found at LaneThomas.org.

“Melissa and I created the Foundation in honor of our beautiful boy, Lane, in order to do something positive for other families,” said Matt Graves. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and love we have been shown from across the country. We believe we have found an impactful way for us to help others in similar circumstances and ease some of their burdens so these parents can focus on their child."

He concluded the news conference by saying, "We know there are so many great causes to support but Melissa and I hope we have shared with you how you can make a real difference in these families' lives."