This site is set up by Ethan's parents, Jason and Christine. 2014 was the best and worst year of our lives. In April we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy; we named him Ethan because it meant strong. 10 days before Christmas, there was a tragic accident and Ethan lost his life on December 16th. One month after our son passed away, we were out to dinner and saw a woman and little boy enjoying dinner. We decided that we would secretly pay for their dinner in Ethan's memory. That morphed into creating cards which we could pass on when completing a random act in Ethan's name. We began performing a bunch of random acts and passing out the cards. We sent cards to our friends and family who also began dispersing them. Then we thought, 'wouldn't it be nice to somehow track other's stories about the cards?' That's when we decided to start making this website, in hopes that others would share their stories.
Wow, what a difference that made!
But on December 15th, tragedy struck. Ethan stopped breathing during a nap at daycare. He was rushed to the hospital where they got his heart beating again. He was transferred to the PICU at Gallisano Children's Hospital. The doctors there worked on him for nearly 8 hours, trying to get him breathing on his own again. They were attempting to get a CT scan, but first, they had to get his heart rate down and his blood pressure up. It was around 2 a.m. that the doctors came to us with, ultimately, the biggest question of our lives. They could continue trying to work on him, but with every hour that went by, the chances of him having any quality of life were getting more and more slim. Friends and family came to say their goodbyes, we read Goodnight Moon to Ethan one more time, and at around 3 a.m. December 16th, 2014, our little angel sprouted his wings...
While his life may have been short, his spirit will continue on. He was such a happy person and people stopped everywhere we went to talk to him. We always imagined him being a strong, gentle, caring and happy person who would genuinely change the world for the better. As his parents, we feel that it is our mission in life to make sure that Ethan's legacy lives on. And so his spirit is carried on via Random Acts in his name. This website was created in order to share those experiences.