Lauren Suzanne Cecil loved life, swimming, playing, running, laughing, her parents, her church, her dog CC, the color purple, and spending time with her friends. Lauren was loved deeply by her parents, family, friends and everyone who met her. 

On July 16, 2013, the life of 11-year-old Lauren was tragically cut short.  After her death, the butterfly became a symbol of comfort and peace to everyone who loved her.  At a butterfly release ceremony organized by her family, one butterfly landed on her mother's stomach then traveled bravely to her heart where it lingered for several minutes.  We know Lauren was there that day, and she continues to appear in special ways throughout each day. 

Living for Lauren

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Lauren has a terrific group of friends with whom she shared many happy days. They are carrying on her legacy and are now "Living For Lauren."  They wear t-shirts, socks, bracelets, swim gear and more that provide a daily reminder of Lauren's life.

Lauren's Tree

On August 26, 2013, on what would have been Lauren's first day of middle school, a tree was planted in her memory next to the flagpole at Central Davidson Middle School.  More than 200 sixth grade classmates held hands and encircled the tree. Central Middle School Principal Deana Coley told the students that planting the tree in remembrance of a loved one is a meaningful way to honor a life. She said it's a form of dedication and a wonderful way to honor not only what the tree is destined to represent, but also to honor the importance of what the tree will provide to the world through its lifetime.