A 17-year-old at Foxborough High School is dedicating her time to helping children in need. 

Caitlyn Lotourneau uses her sign language skills to help a very special boy, 8-year-old Ryan Marcoux. 

“It helps him when he says something and I don’t understand he can sign to me what he is trying to say,” Lotourneau said. 

Lotourneau takes care of Marcoux after school and on weekends. 

“Just me and Ryan- we’re buds,” she said. 

When Lotourneau was 3 years old, she lost her baby sister to a rare genetic disorder. Watching her sister lose her fight with the disorder was a life changing experience that she said has made her stronger. 

“So I found a big way of raising money for Children’s Hospital because they helped her so much,” she said. 

Lotourneau started a foundation in her sister’s name and has raised nearly $20,000. 

“It’s definitely impacted my life in a big way and right now I try to bring an awareness to her disorder because it’s extremely rare,” she said. 

Lotourneau hopes to study economics and international business in college. 

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