Friends and family – good evening. I don’t even know how to type this, but our son, Oakes Lee Ortyl, passed away in our arms and amidst our tears this evening. He was very comfortable and passed very quickly. We are confident that we did the right thing for Oakes and for us. We have spent an incredibly brilliant, rewarding, unforgettable 16 months with Oakes and we know he has inspired literally thousands of people across the world, none more than his mama, papa and big sister. I never, ever thought I would walk out of that hospital without him yet that’s exactly what we did tonight and it was the toughest thing we’ve ever had to do or ever will have to do. There is so, so, so much more to write about the most painful, yet oddly magical 24 hours of our lives, but my incredible fortress of a wife and I are going to enjoy a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon on our porch tonight in his honor after the longest, hardest day of our collective lives.
We know that every single one of you love us, respect us and would do anything for us. We also know that you can all respect that we need a couple of days to reflect on what has happened and where we go from here. Once we figure out how to honor Oakes the right way, we will absolutely let you all know. In the meantime, hug and kiss your children and tell your loved ones in heaven to watch out for the Mighty Oakes……
We love you all.
Greg, Becky, Isla P. & Mighty Oakes