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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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December 10, 2018

The Cold Hard Facts – 5 Years

We are now more than 5 years post Ethan’s injury. We are enormously grateful for all of the love we continue to receive from our family, our community and Team Ethan. Your generosity and support have kept our family grounded.

Ethan has remained hospital-free over the past 1.5 years! We are focused on providing Ethan with the therapies and care needed to remain comfortable. Your past and future support provide us with the resources to continue these services.

As we approach the 6th Annual Eighth Night for Ethan, we wanted to summarize why we keep pursuing these fundraising events – not by choice, but by necessity.

Ethan continues to be covered by three different health insurance policies (private insurance, Medicaid and a program for children in the state of Ohio). These three policies cover about 90% of Ethan’s care; the other 10% is paid by funds we raise through Help Hope Live or from out-of-pocket payments.

For the past 5 years, Ethan’s cost of care has exceeded $1,000,000 per year. This is not a typo – more than one million dollars per year. We are very thankful to the amazing medical team that cares for Ethan. Over $100,000 per year of out-of-pocket expenses are needed to care for Ethan. This is where Help Hope Live and Team Ethan make a huge impact. The fundraisers that are done on behalf of Ethan directly impact Ethan’s care. They give him access to therapies and care that are necessary.

All contributions to Help Hope Live in honor of Ethan are tax deductible. Consider becoming a Team Ethan All-Star by signing up for recurring contributions to Ethan’s campaign. No amount is too small.

Did you know…
$1,050 ($88 per month) = 30 hours of nursing care for 1 weekend of rest away from home.
$400 ($33 per month) = 2 therapy sessions per year. If you can afford $50 or $100 per month, it will make a lasting impact.
$275 ($23 per month) = 8 hours of nursing care per year.
$216 ($18 per month (Chai)) = A tremendous help.

Anyone who signs up for automatic monthly contributions will receive a car magnet to display your Team Ethan pride around town!

We enjoy hearing from you at and Please stay engaged with Team Ethan.

With strength and love – Happy Holidays,

Alexia and Scott Kadish
Loveland, Ohio

December 10, 2018

Eighth Night for Ethan 2018: Kadish family grateful that support continues for sixth year

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December 14, 2018

I wasn't able to attend the 8th Night for Ethan, but this has been on my "to do" list. Best wishes to your family!

Claire Lee

December 14, 2018

We learned about Ethan through his Aunt Suzanne and so we want to honor Suzanne in this donation. God bless you Ethan.

Cathi Lundy

December 14, 2018

Wishing Ethan only happiness. It is a true honor to be part of his team.

Jason Frischer

December 14, 2018

Celebrating 8th Night of Ethan!

Meredith Kahan