Now, his memory will save other children who desperately need help: The little guy's parents have officially launched The Lane Thomas Foundation in their late son's honor. The foundation's goal is to help families of children in need of organ transplants—the organization has divulged new details about the steps it'll take to make life easier for families dealing with this issue, and the powerful effect it has already had.
The Graves family is based in Nebraska and they've partnered with Children's Hospital and Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
Nebraska Medicine shared a video detailing the ways this foundation has helped individual families on its Facebook page as well—families of children who required transplants spoke of the difficulties the process brings, and the ways the Lane Thomas Foundation has helped those navigating the procedure.
While most families initially only think of doing whatever needs to be done to save a life, the fact is, the financial burden of transplant surgery can be enormous. The Lane Thomas Foundation helps families cover lodging, food and living expenses. The foundation aims to take care of the extras so parents can focus on just being parents to their sick children.
The organization is named in honor of Lane's penchant for introducing himself by saying "I'm Lane Thomas, I'm two."
"Lane had a special light about him," Matt Graves said in Nebraska Medicine's video. "Every time he walked into the room, he lit it up. His legacy should really be taking that love and the light that he had and bringing that to other families."