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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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August 3, 2021

Ethan is in my thoughts and prayers.

Lorie Kleiner Eckert

August 3, 2021

I heard about Ethan years ago and have never forgotten him or your family. Wishing you moments of joy. A fellow Jewish Mother

Jessica Goldman

July 29, 2021

Happy 21st Birthday Ethan!!!

Vanessa Kurtzer

July 22, 2021

Happy 21st Birthday Ethan!

Jen & Larry Smilg