Atlas James Mallen
7 months, Atlanta
Atlas James Mallen passed away peacefully on June 17, 2018, at home in Atlanta, GA. He was born October 1, 2017 to Jonathan and Amy Mallen with Vici Syndrome, a rare, terminal, genetic condition. During his short life, Atlas enjoyed kisses from his beloved puppies, Tucker and Mason, lounging in the backyard, and spending time cuddling with friends and family. Amy and Jon are so happy to have chosen Atlas’s name before meeting him. Atlas is notorious for holding the weight of the heavens. They chose this name partly to honor all their angels in heaven. How ironic that they chose the name of the strongest titan in Greek mythology for their son, who was weak in so many (physical) ways. He more than made up for it, and they are so appreciative of what he taught everyone around him and the strength he showed every single day.
Atlas was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Saul “Twom” and Muriel Mallen, Charles King, Aubrey Barlow, and Geraldine Hallemann; grandfather, Peter James Mallen, and grandmother, Judy Barlow Hallemann. Survivors include his parents, Jonathan and Amy Mallen; great-grandparents, Betsy King, Nelva Barlow, AJ Hallemann and his wife Jolene; grandmothers Janie Mallen and Kathy Brumley; grandfather Terry Hallemann; aunts, Stephanie Mallen, Amanda Mallen, and Emily Hallemann Trevino and her husband Jeffrey; uncle, Matthew Mallen; cousin, Elizabeth James Trevino; dear family friend, Rossy Bruno; and multiple aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends. The family would like to give special thanks to Atlas’s amazing hospice and palliative care teams, as well as his wonderful nurses and doctors.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and/or The Children’s Program of Hospice Atlanta in honor of Atlas, in connection with Amy and Jon’s Atlas Strong Charity efforts. Donations can be mailed to: CHOA Foundation, attention: Katie Miller, 3395 NE Expressway, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30341, and Hospice Atlanta, attention: Lanise Shortell, 1244 Park Vista Drive NE Atlanta, Ga 30319. Amy and Jon are determined to turn their devastating situation into a positive situation and benefit future patients at CHOA and Hospice Atlanta in honor of their sweet angel baby. A funeral service was held Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. at The Temple, with a burial afterward at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Atlas’s story can be read at https://bit.ly/2HwH5IC.