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A Beacon of Hope
A Light of Love

The Lane Thomas Foundation

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Lane Thomas

Meet Lane Thomas

Lane was a beaming, spirited and loving child who always referred to himself by his first and middle names, Lane Thomas. Parents Matt and Melissa and their daughter Ella established The Lane Thomas Foundation as an enduring way to remember the light and hope he brought to the world.



April is National Donate Life Month & April 18-24 is National Pediatric Transplant Week

The Lane Thomas Foundation is shining a light on this life-saving cause with the #KeepLoveAlive awareness campaign.

Oliver and Brynleigh have been helped by The Lane Thomas Foundation with the support of our donors. With your donation, we can help so many more!

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Support Families

Our Goals

EDUCATION: To improve public awareness and understanding for increased organ donation to ultimately save children’s lives.

SUPPORT: To provide financial assistance to support families of children undergoing solid organ transplants, allowing them to focus on their child and keep their family together.

RESEARCH: To support research activities that obviate the need for organ transplantation to save children’s lives.

children are waiting for an organ in the U.S.
children died in 2020 waiting for an organ donation
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You Are Not Alone

The Lane Thomas Foundation is ready to support your family by covering non-medical expenses during your transplant journey.

Melissa and Matt Graves know what it’s like to go through a very traumatic experience. They want to provide resources, so that you can focus solely on your child and keep your family together.

Currently the Foundation supports families from across the United States coming to Omaha, Nebraska through their partnerships with Nebraska Medicine and Children's Hospital and Medical Center. The Foundation continues to evaluate expanding their partnerships with transplant centers in other parts of the United States.

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