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Kings Island execs unveil statue honoring terminally ill children

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Damron and Scheid unveil Gabriel Taylor's statue (Courtesy: Kings Island) Damron and Scheid unveil Gabriel Taylor's statue (Courtesy: Kings Island)
KINGS ISLAND, OH (Press Release) -

Ohio-based nonprofit A Kid Again chief executive officer Jeffrey Damron and Kings Island vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid unveil a bronze statue during a ceremony at the 364-acre amusement and waterpark on Friday.

The ceremony was in celebration of the life and memory of Gabriel Taylor, a child who fought osterosarcoma 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 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.