For Matt and Melissa Graves, supporting families suffering through tragedy is everything. After the sudden and traumatic loss of their precious son, Lane Thomas Graves, at 2 years, 9 months and 11 days in June of 2016, their focus quickly became finding a way to honor Lane and to support families the way others have supported them. It was in these darkest of moments, The Lane Thomas Foundation was born.
The foundation was named Lane Thomas because if Lane was ever asked his name, he would say, "I'm Lane Thomas, I'm two". Lane was a beaming, spirited, and loving child who cared for his family deeply and creating The Lane Thomas Foundation is the best way to pass on the legacy he left on this world.

Together with their daughter, Ella, Matt and Melissa have created The Lane Thomas Foundation to serve as a beacon of hope in the depths of despair, to create a strong base of support for families in crisis. The Graves family understand the importance of community support and the kindness of strangers when it is critical and The Lane Thomas Foundation is committed to standing behind those who need it the most.

Mission Statement
The Lane Thomas Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.

The Foundation will work in collaboration with Children's Hospital of Omaha and the
University of Nebraska Medical Center in support of their Pediatric Transplant Programs.

Primary Goals:
* Relieve financial burden on a child's family going through the transplant journey
* Reduce emotional stress related to family members being apart
* Reduce the amount of children that die because they don't have a donor match

Financial Support examples:
* Transportation (air & car)
* Housing
* Food
* Clothes and personal items

Donor Awareness:
* Educate living donors on their opportunity to save the life of a child
* Bring awareness to parents about organ donation

Key Tenants of Foundation:
* Trust - Administrative costs will be minimal
* Transparency - Financial and organ donor recognition
* Ambitious - We will work in concert with the medical staff to save more children