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Apollo E. Laven

April 2, 2017 ~ May 17, 2019 (age 2)


Apollo E. Laven was a beautiful little boy with an amazing spirit and a gentle soul.  He entered this world on April 2, 2017 and left us too soon on May 17, 2019.  He was the beloved son of Lindsay D’Amico and Thomas Laven.

Apollo was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at 7 months old.  He was truly a warrior and fought for his life like a soldier.  Apollo faced many months of hospitalizations and grueling courses of treatments and procedures, yet through it all he was able to smile.  His big, blue, sparkling eyes captured the hearts of all who met him.  A big part of his journey with SMA was shared through Facebook and was followed by hundreds of people who were inspired by his beautiful spirit of courage and strength.  #Apollostrong was their battle cry.

Apollo was an inspiration; a gift from God whose short life on earth left large footprints on the hearts of everyone.  He loved music and dancing, as best he could, playing his drum or his brother’s recorder.  He was an amazing little brother to his sisters, Paige, Farrah and Memphis Laven, Mia Seeger and brothers, Logan and Max Seeger.  Apollo was never happier than when he was with his siblings, grandparents, David and Shirley D’Amico, Chet and Linda Rhinehart, Art and Kathie Sommers, Ronald and Julie Laven, or any number of family and friends.  But his eyes would shine brightest whenever his mama entered the room.

Apollo taught us all about life, courage, love and strength.  He leaves an amazing legacy for his 2 short years on earth and continues to shine in Heaven.  The following tribute written by a friend accurately describes this beautiful little boy.

He was so very, very special

And was so from the start

You held him in your arms

But mainly in your heart

And like a single drop of rain

That on still waters fall,

His life did ripples make

And touched the lives of all

He’s gone to play with Angels

In Heaven up above

So keep your special memories

And treasure then with love.

Although your darling Angel

Was with you just awhile

He’ll live on in your heart

With a sweet remembered smile.


A Celebration of Life event will be held on June 8, from 1p.m. to 6p.m. with a special remembrance hour at 3p.m. at the Lincoln County Sports Club.

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