72% Raised of$40,000 Goal


Help us relieve financial stress so families can focus on LOVE - a gift that no medical treatment can provide. Your contribution helps provide financial assistance to families coping with the traumatic reality of congenital heart defects. Be Mighty. Give.

The Story

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Dec 31, 2017

Becky and Greg Ortyl of St. Louis, MO welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Oakes Lee, to this world with open arms on March 10, 2011. Although Oakes was perfect in the eyes of those who loved him, he was born with a congenital heart defect. During his short 15 months of life, he endured several major procedures, including two open-heart surgeries and a double-lung transplant.

Throughout Oakes’ life, even when times became tough, the Ortyls felt very blessed to have so many resources and such wide-ranging support from family and friends. But they know that many families in similar situations are not nearly as fortunate. It is for these families that the Ortyls founded The Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation.


Its namesake, Oakes Ortyl, was the acorn from which the tree of MOHF has grown and flourished. It is his legacy that the foundation honors each time that we reach out in individual, personalized, and powerful ways to assist families affected by the myriad of challenges congenital heart defects presents. Oakes remains a mighty force in the lives of all those who crossed his path here on Earth. And with each passing day, his legacy continues to improve the lives of other "heart babies" and their families.

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