Kings Island statue preserves memory of child who succumbed to osteosarcoma

Kings Island / Courtesy
Kings Island / Courtesy

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The memory of a 6-year-old child who succumbed to osteosarcoma will live on at Kings Island.

A bronze statue of Gabriel Taylor, 6, was unveiled on Friday at Kings Island. The statue was dedicated to the young child who fought osteosarcoma for 21 months before succumbing to his illness at age 6.

The statue was given with gratitude to Kings Island for 50,000 tickets given in the past 18-years and raising more than $200,000 for A Kid Again. The money was raised through first ride auctions on the Diamondback and Banshee roller coasters.

The gift and fundraising has fostered hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses, while making millions of cherished memories.

The life-sized statue was designed in Gabriel Taylor's likeness by Columbus College of Art & Design student, Gavin Bruce.

Kings Island is now open daily for the 2014 season.

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