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Ethan’s Story

On June 29, 2013, at URJ-Goldman Union Camp Institute, a summer camp near Indianapolis, a sudden burst of lightning struck on the athletic field where Ethan was out enjoying some Ultimate Frisbee with other campers. Everything changed for Ethan in that one moment. He was taken in critical condition to a local Children’s Hospital, where the doctors and nurses worked around the clock to stabilize him and assess his injuries. Ethan suffered a severe brain injury as a result of his injuries.

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July 29, 2021

Ethan celebrated his 21st birthday at the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati with his family and a few close friends. Our friends Lucy May and Terry Helmer from WCPO were there to cover these very special moments.

July 20, 2021

We celebrated Ethan’s 21st Birthday at the new Hard Rock Casino – Cincinnati. He had a blast playing the slots! Ethan started with $20 and cashed out with $26! Not bad for his first time gambling.
After a VIP Tour, Ethan was presented with a generous gift of $2100 from Hard Rock Casino – Cincinnati on a guitar shaped check made out to Help Hope Live in honor of his 21st birthday!!!

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July 29, 2021

Happy 21st Birthday Ethan!!!

Vanessa Kurtzer

July 22, 2021

Happy 21st Birthday Ethan!

Jen & Larry Smilg

July 20, 2021

Happy birthday, Ethan!!

Julie Jacobson-Ruby

July 6, 2021

My girls went to GUCI many years ago, so we were all touched by Ethan's strength and struggle to come as far as he has. Please know that even though we are not acquainted, he is in the hearts of many of us.

Jody Lapine