Michael T. Goulet was born on September 30, 1989, son of Lynda A. LeBlanc and Bradley J. Goulet of Saco, Maine. He was their third child and younger brother to Danielle and Candace Goulet.
Michael was a free spirited child, and from an early age he learned the art of making others laugh with his wonderful sense of humor.
In the February of 2003, at the age of thirteen, Michael suffered a traumatic brain injury secondary to a snowmobile accident. He was transported via life flight to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he underwent immediate brain surgery. Michael’s survival was nothing short of a miracle. His recovery included weeks in a coma, months of intensive rehabilitation, and years of further medical care.
Two years post trauma Michael developed a seizure disorder despite continued medical treatment. It was not an easy road for him, requiring frequent visits to the neurologist, further testing, hospitalizations, and daily psychotropic medication administration.
For Michael, the onset of his seizures was a catalyst that appeared to strengthen his faith, and force him to persevere harder. He continued on with an unimaginable amount of strength, courage, and even grace.
As a teen, Michael found purpose in community charity work. He joined the Knights of Columbus and at Thanksgiving donated his time at his local church delivering meals to those homebound in the community. On Holidays Michael enjoyed bringing cheer into local nursing homes, even dressing his pug Bubba as Santa’s reindeer at Christmas.
Michael attended university at St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine. There he joined the youth ministry program, volunteering at Catherine’s Cupboard and becoming involved with community projects. He majored in Psychology, and was on course to graduate in the spring of 2012. His hope was to continue on to a Graduate Program and become a psychologist working with Brain Injury patients.
Michael valued his family, and spent many hours in their company. He frequently visited the home of his grandparents Raynald and Jackie Goulet and enjoyed playing with his nephews Luke and Richie, and adored his dog Bubba.
On October 6, 2010 Michael suffered a Grand Mal seizure and he passed away from complications at Maine Medical Center on October 14th, 2010.
Through his triumphs, trials, and tribulations, Michael taught his family and friends about life. The courage and perseverance we witnessed in him helped us find the strength to begin this foundation. Through the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation, we truly hope to emulate and mirror the goodness that was Michael.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children . . . to leave the world a better place . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson