Luke Catto

On March 18, 2018 my son, Noah Samuel, tragically and unexpectedly passed away at the age of three.  Throughout my grief journey, I have discovered that I cannot walk this road alone.   

Sunset in the mountains
Luke and family

Riley Ohler

Sunset in the mountains
Colin Ohler

On June 19, 2018 our beautiful baby boy Colin passed away suddenly. He was 15 months at the time and truly was the smiliest kid with the most amazing blue eyes. Immediately following his death I kept hearing three words, Love, Connection and Community. These became my new words to live by in the coming days months and now years. 

The impact that Colin had on our family, and this world in his short time on this earth has continued long after his passing. My life has changed forever, as well as the the people we meet daily who express how their lives have changed after meeting him. Each day is incredibly precious and I am thankful for the every moment I get to spend with my family including my wife, son, and new daughter.  

In the months following Colin’s death I was in a real tough place. My mental health was at an all time low, especially when it came depression and anxiety. Although I was surrounded by an amazing community of people who showed us love and support, I didn’t have anyone to talk to who could truly relate to my loss. Through some phone calls I was connected with Luke. I knew instantly that this person gets it, he understands me, and what I am going through, I also think I understand him a little bit too. Over and over again I meet Dad’s who have gone through their own unique experiences and it always amazes me how we can instantly connect and just understand.

I am incredibly thankful for all of the love and continuing support of our friends, family and our community. In a way we are lucky in the most unlucky of ways.

Sunset in the mountains
Riley and family