The Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation honors the memory of a courageous little boy who, in a very short time, touched the lives of many people. Ethan taught us perseverance, joy, hope, and—above all—that love makes all things possible.
Ethan came into this world fighting for life from his very first breath. In his three years, he endured heart surgery, multiple medical procedures, constant illness, frequent intubations, seizures, a tracheotomy, and so much more. Despite myriad challenges to just breathe and eat—things we take for granted every day—Ethan was sweet, loving, and happy. His personality shone through. In his presence, you could not help but smile and feel special just to know him. He touched many lives.
The foundation’s logo represents Ethan, now an angel of love and forever a light as bright as a star. The angel is wearing red glasses because when Ethan’s vision deteriorated due to medical complications, those spectacles became his favorite thing to wear. Like we said, this little boy had personality!
The mission of the foundation named in Ethan’s honor is to help others who, like Ethan, have to surmount heart-wrenching obstacles every day to do the most ordinary activities. The foundation has purchased or contributed to:
- Specially constructed bikes that allow physically handicapped children to enjoy outdoor time with family and friends
- Various types of equipment in a group home to move bedridden residents from their beds to a day room where they can enjoy a different view and much needed social interaction with other patients
- Medical expenses for families in need
- Specialized software to help an autistic child communicate with his family
Board of Trustees
Julie Howard-Lecours, President and Founder
Professional experience: Julie graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in international business, while working full time at Fidelity Investments. She has been with Fidelity since 1997 and is currently a senior instructional designer.
What the foundation means to Julie: “The Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation means the world to me. It provides me with a special connection to my son, a very special boy whom I miss so dearly. Ethan was truly a commendable little soul who exemplified determination and a will to fight on a daily basis. This foundation is our way to honor him and to carry on what he was just starting to do: to show people that special needs kids are truly just that—special.
Ethan was a blessing and a miracle. He had a will to live and I believe was given to us to teach us a lesson and to pass it on. He opened my eyes and taught me so much more than I ever had the chance to teach him. On many levels, he taught me acceptance. Through the work of the foundation, I hope we can inspire others the way he inspired me. Tavares Pediatric Center was our home for almost two years and was instrumental for Ethan and for our family. This foundation is a way for us to give back and to honor all of our special friends at Tavares Pediatric Center.”
John Baxter, Vice President
Professional experience: John is employed by the state of Rhode Island Senate in two capacities: He is reading clerk of the Senate and director of constituent services for the office of the president of the Senate. He also serves in a number of civic capacities, including the board of directors of the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency, member of the Pawtucket Riverfront Commission, executive director of the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival, and president of the St. Anthony Church Holy Name Society. John was also a member and past president of the Pawtucket Jaycees and a member of the Woodlawn Community Development Organization.
What the foundation means to John: “I sincerely hope my personal and professional experience will help to advance the cause and the mission of the Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation. Ethan was a unique and special child who had an extraordinary gift of touching the lives of all who met him while also bringing people together for the good of others. We should all walk in those same footsteps. With this foundation he provides our path.
I have known Steve Lecours for more than 35 years. More than friends, I consider Steve, Julie, Zachary, and Ethan to be family. I am proud and humbled to be a member of the board of trustees for the Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation. I believe in the mission of the foundation to help provide support for families and organizations caring for children with special needs. The values of the foundation and its mission are ones we try to instill in our own children. As a former Jaycee, it speaks to our creed that “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”
Rick Marchant, Treasurer
Professional experience: Employed by Fidelity Investments for more than 20 years, Rick is a fund administrator in Smithfield, R.I. Throughout his tenure at Fidelity, Richard has held a variety of roles, which provides him with a
great background for the foundation.
What the foundation means to Rick: “I am honored to serve on the Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation board of trustees to support its efforts to honor Ethan, whom I will always think of as “the little guy.”
Guiomar Pimentel, Secretary
Professional Experience: Guiomar has been employed by FM Global since 1999 and is currently the digital solutions specialist in the client service & sales department. She also worked in human resources and corporate communications. Previous community service includes teaching 7th- and 8th-grade CCD. She has also served on a United Way Committee at FM Global and volunteered for Days of Caring with the United Way.
What the foundation means to Guiomar: “I am serving as a trustee on the Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation because of the love for my godson, Ethan. Ultimately, my goal is to keep Ethan’s memory alive and, God willing, to make a difference in the lives of these special children.
Ethan gave me a different view on life about what really matters. To see his fight for life, his perseverance and dedication, gave true insight to having trials and tribulations. Every day we may complain about working too hard, life being too hard and not having enough time for everything. However, we should be grateful for all those opportunities and everything we have. Life is not easy, but every day that you don’t have to be in a hospital and you are able to live life to the fullest is a gift that should be treasured. For a young child who went through so much in his short life, his smile showed the true meaning of life and why it is worth living. He will be forever missed. His perseverance gives me the desire to move on and fight for a happy life–one worth living.”
Professional experience: Michaela is the executive office secretary at Pawtucket Credit Union. She also assists the vice president of marketing with various projects. She has more than 20 years’ experience in childcare development, beginning as a nanny and eventually becoming certified as an infant, toddler, and preschool teacher. She was a kindergarten assistant and operated her own home day care. It was during that time she had the pleasure of working with teachers and physical therapists from Meeting Street School to incorporate different types of activities (physical and speech therapy) for children with delayed physical and developmental challenges such as crawling, walking, and speaking.
She also holds a paralegal degree.
What the foundation means to Michaela: I have been friends with Julie and then Steve since high school. Watching them go through the experiences they have has been both heart-wrenching and warming at the same time. They inspire me to be a better person. What better way is there to honor a courageous little boy, Ethan, than to work with the foundation his courageous family began? I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Ethan Henry Lecours Foundation!
Professional experience: Miriam is a freelance writer, author, communications consultant, and ghostwriter. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the marketing communications industry. She has worked with corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. Miriam proudly served in the United States Air Force.
What the foundation means to Miriam: I was inspired by Ethan when I first met him and his spirit is with me still. I am privileged to honor his memory by helping the foundation help others through all the good work they do.