1897691_10203365915651651_9053128536708870856_nProductivity is lagging here at Oak Cliff Advocate HQ the past few days. That’s because we’re grieving for the loss of our little buddy Roger Lytle.

Roger died after he stopped breathing during a nap at daycare April 9. He was not quite 8 months old.

Roger’s parents, Zac and Heather Lytle, are fixtures in the north Oak Cliff community. They helped found Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. They’ve volunteered at many Better Blocks and countless other events in our neighborhood. Roger’s dad, Zac, is the guy who started the dumpster pool trend in Oak Cliff. Roger’s mom, Heather, is an OBGYN resident at Parkland and one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever encountered.

If you’ve hung around our neighborhood lately, you probably have seen baby Roger riding around on Zac’s cargo bike or maybe you even got to hold him or make a funny face at his smiling blue eyes.

Our hearts are broken, and the Lytles have been overwhelmed with gifts of food and cash. Being the altruistic people they are, Zac and Heather have asked that this be a day of kindness in memory of baby Roger.

So, even if you don’t know the Lytles, do a good deed today or perform some act of kindness in honor of Roger Lytle today. If you’d like, email rogerwilliamlytle@gmail.com to let Zac and Heather know what you did. They will read the messages to cheer themselves up when they are blue.

Thank you, and your regular Advocate content will be restored shortly.